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Two Spanish Picaresque Novels Lazarillo De Tormes The Swindler
Two Spanish Picaresque Novels Lazarillo De Tormes The Swindler Author:Michael Alpert The social conditions of Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries bred the picaresque novel, which replaces the romantic hero with a rascally figure living by his wits. LAZARILLO DE TORMES (1554) the first and best of these essays in realism, describels the ingeniousruses employed by a boy from Salamanca to outwit his various masters. ... more »THE SINDLER (1626), by Francisco de Quevedo, represents the genre at its most sophisticated and witty in its account of the scatologicaladventureof a young servant who eventually sets up a fake hildago in Madrid and earns his living by cardsharping.
The cover shows a detail from THE DRUNKARDS by Velazquez, in the Prado, Madrid (Snark International)« less