Life Is a Dream/La vida es sueno: A Dual-Language Book

Life Is a Dream/La vida es sueno: A Dual-Language Book


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Life Is a Dream/La vida es sueno: A Dual-Language Book by Pedro Calderon de la Barca

The most famous of all Calderon's varied and romantic dramas, this seventeenth-century masterpiece by the great Spanish playwright explores the conflict between free will and predestination as it focuses on the life of Segismundo, a Polish prince imprisoned at birth by his father, the King.
The monarch's heartless action, precipitated by astrologers who predict the boy will one day usurp the throne, paves the way for a series of events that turn the son against the father and lead to rebellion. Years later, following a revolution and the peasants' seizure of power, the grim prophecy uttered at the Prince's birth threatens to become a painful reality.
For this edition, Stanley Appelbaum has written an informative introduction and an excellent new literal translation that appears on pages facing the Spanish original. A valuable text for students of Spanish language and literature, this volume will delight any reader interested in classics from Spain's Golden Age of drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486424736
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 12/06/2002
Series: Dover Dual Language Spanish Series
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 812,605
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Stanley Appelbaum served for decades as Dover's Editor in Chief until his retirement in 1996. He continues to work as a selector, compiler, editor, and translator of literature in a remarkable range of languages that includes Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Russian.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible book--modern translation of classic Spanish play with insightful footnotes.