Lazarillo de Tormes and the Swindler by Anonymous
Two Spanish Picaresque Novels (Penguin Classics)

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The unlikely heroes of the Spanish picaresque novels make their way - by whatever means they can - through a colourful and seamy underworld populated by unsavoury beggars, corrupt priests, eccentrics, whores and criminals. Both Lazarillo de Tormesand Pablos and the swindler are determined to attain the trappings of the gentleman, but have little time for the gentlemanly ideals of religion, justice, honour and nobility.

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About Anonymous

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Francisco de Quevedo (1580-1645), author of The Swindler, was a prolific writer of poetry and prose and closely involved in Spanish and Italian politics. After killing an opponent in a duel in 1611, he moved to Italy where he spent some time as a prison governer, and some time imprisoned in a monastery as a result of his writings.The authorship of Lazarillo is unknown.Michael Alpert is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wesminster and has published widely on Spanish history.
 
Published August 26, 2003 by Penguin Classics. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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