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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His description of Tristana’s mental enslavement is stunning, making much of the sheer wrongness without getting preachy. His Futile Preoccupations …. Tristana had met Horacio by accident, continuing to meet him in secret.

In her mind, the possibilities are bbenito endless — and when she meets the young, strapping painter Horacio, everything changes.

There’s humor and energy in this 19th century tale of how Don Lope and Tristana are forced to adjust their dreams and settle into a lasting partnership. View all 27 comments.

The question was if they were happy. So perfectly does she capture the perfumed, slightly fusty cadence of late 19th-century literature, that it would be almost i The Marvelous Margaret Jull Costa Before saying anything about this particular book, I want to raise my hat to the marvelous translator Margaret Jull Costa. It is in this context that he sells cherished property to provide for friends, risking his own impoverishment. I don’t want to be his mistress — so undignified — or a woman maintained by a few men purely for their amusement, like a hunting dog; nor do I want the man of my dreams to become a husband.

Plot stuff is on site, so I’ll skip it. The evolution in Tristana’s understanding of freedom — This novel of a woman struggling to free herself from her confining domestic status consists mainly of the protagonist’s introspections.

Oct 16, Irene rated it liked it. This is another book and writer I heard about thanks to The Mookse and the Gripes group.


Tristana by Benito Pérez Galdós | His Futile Preoccupations

A fascinating novel certain to spark many different reactions. Before I was done with this almost slight-seeming story the writing had described the frivolous heights of romantic love, ambiguous sexual morality, self-deception, and the mutability of identity within grimly transformative forces of health and time. There are three main characters. I loved his style: I read it almost right after finishing the novel, and now I cannot unread it.

This one is pretty accessible and I must recommend it. January 19, at I came to the book not with scholarly erudition, but with a mixture of curiosity and ignorance—an idiosyncratic but perhaps apposite literary context.

We end up liking Tristana a lot less, and conversely thinking more of her erstwhile guardian. December 7, at 4: But the flowery language that Jull Costa captures so well becomes overblown and curdles.

This sounds absolutely great, slippery yet well written. Aside from Tristana, this is most overtly manifested in Don Lope, her guardian and suitor, who begins the story filled with confidence in his social and sexual position. How do you read and think about a so-called major writer whose literary reputation in the English-speaking world is either nonexistent, buried within academia, or the confusing punch line of a complicated joke?

These philosophical questions move into yet again another dimension. Dwight February 9, at 6: Before long, he falls for her, and applies, as he puts it, “the law of love. The Yahoo Club Ladies.

Want to Read saving…. Tristana begins with Don Lope, a Lothario now past his prime, vainly still admitting only to being forty-nine even as he has by now reached his late fifties.

This edition has a modern translation by the estimable Margaret Jull Costa.

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What perfect circumstances for the rediscovery of an all but forgotten Spanish novelist! Perze is the language of a late-romantic writer portraying two people whose need to act out an ideal of passion may be stronger than the passion itself. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. He holds her psychologically and financially captive, and makes outrageous threats like: December 23, by Tynan Kogane. The age of this excellent gentleman, in terms of the figure he gave whenever the subject came up, was a number as impossible to verify as the time on a broken clock, whose hands refuse to move.

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I must read this novel, someday. Of course, finding her beauty irresistible, Horacio, in his turn, falls in love with Tristana. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. All I can say is that I find Perez Galdos easier than Cervantes; because he writes about human facts that anyone of us share anytime in our lives. Set in Madrid a young dilettante, Juanita Santa Cruz, has a fling with Fortunata, a woman from the lower class, impregnates and abandons her.

Her Javier Marias translations are wonderful. The fact that the character galdks named Torquemada is just an additional little joke…. She winds up a literally and figuratively broken woman. Tristana remarks on the dual consciences of Don Lope, who behaves like nobility or someone from the gutter depending on the situation.

Some authorities consider him second only to Cervantes in stature as a Spanish novelist.

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

La novela relata la vida de tres personajes principales y como la enfermedad de Tristana cambia sus destinos. What about Horacio’s actions at the end? But soon after finishing the script of Tristanathe project was halted due to complications with the Spanish censorship. The age of this excellent gentleman, in terms of the figure he gave whenever the subject came up, was a number as impossible to verify as the time on a broken clock, whose hands refuse to move. At the beginning this patriarchal Don Juan possesses absolute control over his ward’s actions, and to a great extent even controls her thoughts.