Fortunata and Jacinta by Benito Pérez GaldósCapturing a ninteenth-century Spanish world of political tumult and personal obsession, Benito Pérez Galdóss Fortunata and Jacinta tells of two women who love the same man unfailingly—one as his mistress, the other as his wife.
In this new and complete translation, Agnes Moncy Gullón presents the detailed realism, the diversity of character and scene that have placed Fortunata and Jacinta alongside the voluminous works of Charles Dickens and Honoré de Balzac. Galdóss Madrid, recast from his youthful wanderings through the citys slums and cafés, includes the egg sellers and faded bullfighters surrounding Fortunata as well as the quieter, sequestered milieu of Jacintas upbringing. Through Juanito, the lover of both women, the writer reveals Spain as a variegated fabric of delicate traditions and established vices, of shaky politics and rich intrigue. In this vast and colorful world, resonant of Dickenss London and Balzacs France, Galdós presents his characters with a depth, ambiguity, and humor born of the multiplicity of his scene.
Galdóss novels enjoyed, for a time, a wide and attentive readership in Spain. As his reputation grew, however, hostility toward his achievements, envy of his success, and political squabbling hampered his progress, stalling his election to the Royal Academy and, in 1912, thoroughly derailing his nomination as Spains candidate for the Nobel Prize.
Though the political controversies that surrounded Galdóss works have long been calmed, this translation by Agnes Moncy Gullón brings alive the tempestuous era in which he lived and wrote, allowing English readers to hear the percussive yet often melodic tones of nineteenth-century Madrid in the correct and casual speech of Jacinta, in the pretty but empty words of Juanito, and in the painfully proper, sometimes vulgar language of Fortunata.
Fortunata and Jacinta
Patrick Parrinder. In that year two new names were added to the list of great non-winners of this prize, a list headed by Henrik Ibsen d. The fate of Benito Perez Galdos was more poignant. Galdos died in , at the age of 77, with his dream of reaching a foreign readership largely unrealised. Whatever it was that condemned Galdos to international neglect, it was certainly not insularity of outlook. For British readers the case is particularly ironic.
Perez Galdos was Spain's outstanding nineteenth-century novelist. At a time when most Spanish novelists were limited by their regional backgrounds, Galdos possessed the intellect and vision to embrace the Spanish people as a nation., But I was also intimidated by the investment in time the book demands. In truth, Fortunata and Jacinta is about as long as War and Peace less the essay at the end.
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