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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (Sept. 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030014198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300141986
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,363,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A new English version of Celestina—a surprisingly modern Spanish masterpiece of the Renaissance—by an accomplished American translator. What a treat for readers!”—Edith Grossman, translator of Don Quixote
(Edith Grossman)

“This edition of Roja’s Celestina wins, to use baseball parlance, the triple crown. . . . a fresh, vibrant translation.”--Choice


Winner of the 2010 Lewis Galantiere Award sponsored by the American Translators Association.
(Lewis Galantiere Award American Translators Association 2010-11-01)

"Celestina is an immensely difficult text to translate and Margaret Sayers Peden does not disappoint. She delivers the most thoughtful and incisive translation to date, with a text that seems to echo the minds and feelings of these beguiling characters from fifteenth century Salamanca. Full of wit and pathos, longing and laughter, readers will be enthralled by the nuanced tones of this new rendering. A brilliant tour de force accompanied by an elegant, intelligent and enlightening Introduction by Roberto González Echevarría. González Echevarría’s notion of broken bodies as pieces of a Picasso painting/puzzle will resonate with us for a long time."—Frederick A. de Armas, University of Chicago

(Frederick A. de Armas)

"Margaret Sayers Peden offers a faithful, elegant, and eminently readable translation of Celestina. She does not call attention to the act of translation but combines her art with that of Rojas. Roberto González Echevarría provides a brief but rich introduction."—Edward H. Friedman, Vanderbilt University

(Edward H. Friedman)

“The new translation by Margaret Sayers Peden serves up the freshness and naughtiness of the text while inviting a new generation of readers into the rich melodrama of a book that, although it is a classic, draws readers in not ‘because it is good for them,’ but rather because it is fun.” —Monica Szurmuk, PRI’s “The World”
(Monica Szurmuk PRI's The World)

Winner of the 2012 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, given by the PEN American Center.
(Ralph Manheim Medal PEN American Center 2013-05-22)

About the Author

Fernando de Rojas (1475–1541) was born in Toledo, Spain. He worked as a lawyer and served as mayor of Talavera for some time. Celestina is his only published work. Margaret Sayers Peden is professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Missouri and the translator of major works by Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, and others. Roberto González Echevarría is Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, Yale University.

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A lovely translation. A pleasure to read. Aug. 1 2015
By Nikhil Sharma - Published on
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First written in 1499 by Fernando de Rojas, Celestina is a "masterpiece of Spanish Literature", writes Roberto González Echevarría (Editor).

The book is divided into 20 acts, though it was never written as a play. The characters and their mannerisms are medieval, but what is more interesting than the tragicomedy plot is the translation by Prof, Sayers. There are so many words and phrases which you wouldn't find being used in the novels or literature of the current age. The swearing is sweet in a way as their are no mothers, daughters, or acts of copulations to call out, as she mentions in the beginning.

I think the characters swearing at each other is an important element of the work.

However, at times, though not often, the dialogues become too lengthy and one wishes they just talk straight than beat around the bush.

A must read classic.