Tristana from Benito Pérez Galdós () is a subversive novel that takes a sly look at the power structure in the relationships of its three. NYRB Classics has just reissued Tristana, an novel by the great Spanish author Benito Pérez Galdós. Critic Juan Vidal says Tristana’s. Review by Tynan Kogane Why is Benito Pérez Galdós considered a very important nineteenth-century novelist if no one reads him anymore?.

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One had no alternative but to call him Don Lope. Some of the measures he takes to hang onto the shadow of his vigour are laughable. The age of this excellent gentleman, in terms of the figure he gave whenever the subject galxos up, was a number bentio impossible to verify as the time on a broken clock, whose hands refuse to move.

He had stuck fast at forty-nine, as if an instinctive terror of the number fifty had halted him on the much feared boundary of the half century.

True, he was somewhat valdos now and not fit for very much, but he could never quite give up that saucy hobby of his, and whenever he passed a pretty woman, or even a plain one he would draw himself up and, albeit with no evil intentions, shot her a meaningful glance, more paternal than mischievous, as if to say: A section of the novel takes the form of an epistolary as mushy love letters pass back and forth between Tristana and Horacio.

Tristana and Don Lope eventually become almost caricatures of themselves while Horacio, always a lesser player in the game, does not. In this parable of power, self-deceit and ego, who will emerge the victor? And what will victory look like?


I must read this novel, someday. Fortunata and Jacinta was excellent in many ways, but exhausting. This is easier to handle. I think this is the first translation, so cheers to NYRB. A fascinating novel certain to spark many different reactions. Another reason to add Tristana to the wishlist. Her Javier Marias translations are bneito.

I hope galdow can find it. It has definitely become a favorite of mine. There was, but it was published by Edward Mellen Press, so usually only available in college libraries. Sometimes I even wonder if those writing have read the book. I usually enjoy books with slippery characters and this one seems particularly well crafted.

For some reasons I have the feeling there is a movie. Yes Caroline, you are right. The book is slyly funny and very generous to its characters, but the film is … well.

This sounds absolutely great, slippery yet well written. I love that first quote about the rooms too. Great book- he is a very funny writer! Rey was perfect as Don Lope, you must admit! A terrific book and a terrific review of it.

Tristana (novel) – Wikipedia

I also appreciated it as a novel that delved into the conditions necessary for perwz, and the various obstacles to fulfillment of promise. There is a one-volume translation of it done inand I recommend it highly. He is a scaldingly funny guy.

It is, it is fun!! The fact that the character is named Torquemada is just an additional little joke…. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify preez of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


His Futile Preoccupations …. Woman with a Gun: Translated by Margaret Jull Costa. December baldos, at 8: December 6, at 9: December 7, at 1: December 7, at 8: December 7, at December 7, at 4: December 7, at 6: I always like it when an author takes characters away from the cliched and the expected.

An Aging Rake, An Ingenue, And A Strapping Young Painter In ‘Tristana’

Don Lope Garrido sounds like a lot of real life people who control and manipulate others. December 7, at 7: December 8, at 8: December 7, at 5: December venito, at 7: December 8, at 6: December 10, at 5: December 10, at 7: Have you seen the film? December 10, at 9: December 20, at 6: January 3, at 9: Trietana 4, at January 19, at January 19, at 4: How can I be saying that a book about Torquemada sounds like a lot of fun?

Thanks for the tip.

Benito Pérez Galdós: Tristana – The Mookse and the Gripes

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