Robert S. Rudder holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Minnesota. He has taught at that university and at several universities in California, including UCLA, California State University, Los Angeles, and Whittier College. He is the author and translator of more than a dozen books. Among these are The Paradox of Saint Teresa de Avila; The Literature of Spain in English Translation; and translations of the writings of Benito Pérez Galdós, Cristina Peri Rossi, Rosario Castellanos, and Francisco Rojas González.
The Life of Lazarillo of Tormesby Anonymous
"[...]that Lazarillo of Tormes is a step toward the masterpiece of Cervantes, Don Quixote of La Mancha. As this critic said: "In addition to its intrinsic merits, the Lazarillo de Tormes is supremely important viewed in its historic perspective. In many ways it made possible the Quijote. Among other things, it offered in the intimate opposition of the squire and his servant the first outline of the duality-unity of Don Quijote and Sancho."
Style is another point of great importance to this novel, particularly in the use of conceits. Lazarillo's father, for example, "suffered persecution for righteousness' sake," a clear reference to the beatitudes. But in this case "righteousness" is the law who is punishing him for being the thief that he is. Throughout the novel we see similar plays on words: the master, who "although he was blind, enlightened me;" or the squire who tried to coax certain young ladies one morning, and whose stomach was warm, but when he discovered that his pocketbook was cold, he suffered hot-chills.
It is not surprising that sequels promptly appeared, but the writers of these unfortunately lacked the genius of the author of the original Lazarillo. An[...]".
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