Carajicomedia by Juan Goytisolo
(Biblioteca Breve) (Spanish Edition)

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Esta original aventura narrativa tiene un antecedente histórico indesmentible: cierto fraile que prestó su decidido apoyo a la reina Isabel La Católica en España en la pugna que ésta sostuvo con su hermano Enrique. Como premio, se dice que la reina le otorgó el privilegio de disfrutar la recaudación de cuatro prostíbulos. Este fraile pronto se transformó en personaje de novela, convirtiéndose en protagonista de la primera Carajicomedia, escrita a comienzos del siglo dieciséis por un sacerdote, obra que ahora Goytisolo alude como referencia literaria con genio singular. A propósito de este texto, su autor ha dicho que se trata de una parodia de sí mismo, circunstancia que le da licencia para parodiar todas las obras y estilos que estén en sintonía con su inspiración. De esta forma establece un contrapunto extremadamente ingenioso que en su libertad creativa recuerda la riqueza formal que Cervantes demostró en su Quijote.
 

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Goytisolo first became known in the United States for his novel The Young Assassins (1954), the story of juvenile delinquents corrupted by social conditions during and immediately after the Spanish civil war. His depictions of the spiritual emptiness and moral decay of Spain under the Franco regime led to the censorship of some of his works there, and he moved to Paris in 1957. In 1966 he published Marks of Identity, which would eventually form a trilogy with Count Julian (1970) and Juan the Landless (1975). Count Julian is an exile's view of Spain, with Spanish history, literature, and language derisively viewed for the purpose of destroying them so that they might be reinvented. Formally, it is a "new novel" along the lines of Robbe-Grillet's formulations. Makbara (1980), a misogynous novel, also attacks capitalism. Landscapes after the Battle (1982), based loosely on the life of Lewis Carroll is, in fact, a self-conscious novel concerned mainly with the problems involved in writing novels.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Editorial Seix Barral. 249 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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