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Lazarillo de Tormes and The Swindler

Two Spanish Picaresque Novels

Anonymous - Author

Michael Alpert - Translator

Michael Alpert - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140449006 | 240 pages | 26 Aug 2003 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Two early examples of the picaresque novel

The two short novels in this volume follow the adventures of two unlikely heroes-delinquent pícaros living by their wits among corrupt priests and prostitutes, beggars and idle gentlemen, thieves, tricksters, and murderers. Lazarillo de Tormes (1554), published anonymously, provided a literary model for Cervantes' Don Quixote and describes the ingenious ruses employed by a boy from Salamanca to outwit a succession of disreputable masters. Francisco de Quevedo's The Swindler (1626) is a comic yet brutal and sordid account of a servant who wants to become a gentleman but ends up a cardsharp and common criminal.