Tristana Author:Benito Perez Galdos translated from the Spanish by R.Seldon Rose. "The name of Benito Perez Galdos has been linked with those of Dickens, Balzac, and Zola as among the great social realists of 19th c Europe: Salvador de Madariaga has said of him, "Spain has not produced a greater novelist since Cervantes." Yet few of Galdos' many works are known or have been transl... more »ated in English.
_Tristana, one of his shorter "Contemporary Novels', ...is set in Madrid in the early 1890's, it is the story of a passionate and gifted firl who seeks an edeal of sexual, artistic, and intellectual freedom in definace of social convention. The book focuses on Tristana's relationship with her guardian, the proud and despotic Don Lope Garrido,from whose physical and psychologial domination the girl must free herself. When-through a love affair with a young artist+Tristana believes she can at last realize her goal, other forces bring her an ironically different fate. The study of social and moral conflict, the ironic humor, and the profound pyschological insights in_Tristana_ are characteristic of Galdos. In the haunting figure of Don Lope he has drawn one of his most memorable fictional portraits.
Galdos was born in the 1840's...30 novels, 18 plays and a remarkable social history of 19th c Spain in nearly 50 volumes.« less