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Celestina Hardcover – Sep 15 2009
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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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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.