Forbidden by the Inquisition because of critical statements: one of the first picaresque novels in literary history

Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

  1. This work was published simultaneously in the cities of Alcalá de Henares, Burgos, and Antwerp in 1554

  2. The story revolves around Lázaro, who takes the reader on a tour of 16th century society from a “worm’s eye view”

  3. Equally critical of the Catholic Church and the Spanish aristocracy, it was banned by the Spanish Inquisition

Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

Alternative Titles:
  • La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes
  • Leben von Lazarillo de Tormes
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Short Description

The antihero is far from being a modern invention, in fact, the roguish hero was a popular archetype of late medieval literature and an agent for social critique. It is considered to be the first so-called picaresque novel, which took on the hypocrisy and corruption of the Late Middle Ages through a humorous and scathing depiction of society. This novel is both an important piece of Spanish literature and a useful artifact for cultural historians.

Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

Published anonymously due to its anticlerical content, this Spanish novella is considered to be the founding work of the picaresque novel, a literary genre with comedic and satirical elements that depicts the adventures of a roguish hero who usually comes from a lower class and survives by his wits in a corrupt society. The work was published simultaneously in the cities of Alcalá de Henares, Burgos, and Antwerp in 1554. The story revolves around Lázaro, a boy of humble origins from Salamanca who is accused of stealing by his stepfather and is forced to become an apprentice of sorts to a blind beggar. He develops his cunning through this experience and others while serving a priest, squire, friar, pardoner, chaplain, and an archpriest. This story takes the reader on a tour of 16th century society from a “worm’s eye view” and is written in straightforward prose as opposed to the more fanciful poetry of other works. Unsurprisingly, the scathing work, equally critical of the Catholic Church and the Spanish aristocracy, was banned by the Spanish Inquisition and an unabridged version did not appear in Spain until the 19th century. It is a cornerstone of the Golden Age of Spanish literature that was translated into various languages during the 16th and 17th century. The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes continues to be influential today, inspiring the popular antihero of modern film and television.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes
Leben von Lazarillo de Tormes
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La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes
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La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
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AyN Ediciones – Madrid, 2004
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1 volume by Bienvenido C. Morros
Language: Spanish
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