Celestina by Fernando De Rojas

By Fernando De Rojas

Author Note: Translation by means of Peter Bush

The racy and irreverent Spanish tragicomedy that's thought of the 1st eu novel-in a lively new translation

A Spanish Romeo and Juliet, Celestina used to be released in 1499 and have become Spain's first-ever bestseller. Readers delighted to the salty personality of Celestina and her global of prostitutes and black magic at the same time they mourned the destiny of Calisto and Melibea, the younger fanatics she unites utilizing her wiles as a vendor of perfumes and potions. Fernando de Rojas's exhilarating mixture of highway wit, obscenity, and cultured rhetoric mark Celestina as a masterpiece: an unique, explosive, genre-defying paintings that prepared the ground for the picaresque novel and for Cervantes.

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Un parfum de hautaine vertu émanait de toute sa personne. Son visage, triste et amaigri, était en parfaite accordance avec le grand deuil dont elle était revêtue. Elle aussi, comme la 44 plèbe à laquelle elle s'était mêlée et qu'elle ne voyait pas, elle regardait le monde lumineux avec un œil profond, et elle écoutait en hochant doucement la tête. Singulière vision ! « À coup sûr, me dis-je, cette pauvreté-là, si pauvreté il y a, ne doit pas admettre l'économie sordide ; un si noble visage m'en répond.

Le bâton n'est pas un bâton de comédie, avez-vous entendu résonner la 36 chair, malgré le poil postiche ? Aussi les yeux lui sortent maintenant de la tête, elle hurle plus naturellement. Dans sa rage, elle étincelle tout entière, comme le fer qu’on bat. « Telles sont les mœurs conjugales de ces deux descendants d'Ève et d'Adam, ces œuvres de vos mains, ô mon Dieu ! Cette femme est incontestablement malheureuse, quoique après tout, peut-être, les jouissances titillantes de la gloire ne lui soient pas inconnues.

Vous verrez leurs yeux s'agrandir démesurément. D'abord ils n'oseront pas prendre ; ils douteront de leur bonheur. Puis leurs mains agripperont vivement le cadeau, et ils s'enfuiront comme font les chats qui vont manger loin de vous le morceau que vous leur avez donné, ayant appris à se défier de l'homme. 64 Sur une route, derrière la grille d'un vaste jardin, au bout duquel apparaissait la blancheur d'un joli château frappé par le soleil, se tenait un enfant beau et frais, habillé de ces vêtements de campagne si pleins de coquetterie.

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