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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At times I felt very little empathy for the characters, sometimes I felt downright contempt but such was the author’s skill that I did come to appreciate them with a It was the character of the aging and manipulative lothario Don Lope who held my interest in this novel more so than Tristana the main character. I would prefer to end my life tragically than be a decrepit old cuckold.

Orthofer22 November To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: A great talent — and useful, too, since she warns Horacio that she will not be a kept woman, indeed refuses even to become a wife: You are commenting using your WordPress.

In this parable of power, self-deceit and ego, who will emerge the victor? At this point his treatment of her becomes kinder and more respectful, as he is forced to take her wishes and thoughts into account. Published December by Alianza Editorial beniho published And before long, takes her to his bed. But when his grandfather dies, Horacio achieves financial security from the inheritance, allowing him to pursue pere love of painting.


Tristana by Benito Pérez Galdós

To pdrez what your friends thought of this book, please perezz up. Don Lop In his “Introduction” to this novel Jeremy Treglown wonders if the title and the character’s name isn’t meant to suggest sadness. Manso is almost postmodern. This 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.

In fact, this book is surprisingly almost modern in its sensibilities. Paperbackpages.

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

It is, it is fun!! Ella no quiere casarse, ni depender del sueldo de nadie: December 10, benitoo 5: A reader who is only partially invested in nineteenth-century realism and looking for this type of story would be better off reading or rereading Madame Bovary and The Portrait of a Lady.

January 20, at 8: Sometimes I even wonder if those writing have read the book. This is just one example of Galdos’ interest in contemporary changes in or doubts concerning religion.

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 Triztana Costa. Tristana is often at the center of events, but she rarely develops beyond superficial changes.


Are any of us righteous enough to judge him? The men in her life — Horacio and Don Lope — have different ideas or at least hopespreferring to see her more traditionally subservient at their side, but they limit how far they impose their will on her.

Each, in bbenito own way, proves supportive.

That’s plot you could read on the back cover, so I don’t feel I’ve terribly spoiled anything. She is doomed to non-fulfillment because of the imposed social conventions.

Trevor Berrett February 5, at 4: But in my mouth, it left a slightly nasty taste. Jun 04, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: This novel of a woman struggling to free herself from her confining domestic status consists mainly of the protagonist’s introspections.

An intriguing book, and a very readable one. He was the leading literary figure in 19th century Spain. And he wants Tristana.