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La Celestina

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(Applause Books). "As Greek tragedy," says a Spanish writer, "was composed from the crumbs that fell from Homer's table, so the Spanish drama owed its earliest forms to La Celestina (1499)." Fernando de Rojas' tragi-comedy which has also been called "a novel in dialogue" runs to about three hundred pages in the James Mabbe translation, here adapted to the stage by Eric Ben...more
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
For about a month they have been having sex clandestinely at night, inside Malibea's room, right under the noses of her unsuspecting parents. To get to her room Calisto has to climb up a steep ladder carried to the site every night by his servants. During this last night, after three exhausting but blissful encores, Calisto heard a commotion outside. Rushing to check what it was, suspecting his servants may be in trouble, he slipped off the ladder and fell to his death, his head split into three...more
John David
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“Celestina” is one of those literary peculiarities that you might not have had the pleasure to be introduced to if you had not taken a course in Spanish literature. I first ran across the title in the Dedalus European Classics series, which has a lot of similarly obscure and wonderful things, including Georges Rodenbach and Gustav Meyrink. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that a more mainstream publisher like Penguin had the same translation, by Peter...more
Jay
“La Celestina” sits between the last gasps of the Middle Ages and the first breaths of the Renaissance. Written for the most part by a 25 year old graduate of the Universidad de Salamanca, it also stands slightly behind “Don Quijote” in Castile’s novelistic rankings. It is still, over 500 years after its composition in 1499-1502, a masterpiece of Western literature. Arguably, it also could lay claim (according to Otis Green in his” Spain and the Western Tradition”) to being the first novel or “t...more
Carlos Vazquez
Novela o drama -no se sabe porque por entonces las formas literarias eran incipientes- que, perdonen, pero a mí me gusta más que D. Quijote.
Es una obra máxima de la literatura mundial, y trata de las aventuras de Celestina, bruja alcohólica que rige dos prostitutas –ella ha sido prostituta de joven- y favorece el amor entre dos jóvenes de alto rango en la nobleza, pero cuyo amor está socialmente prohibido, Calixto y Melibea.
Dos jóvenes que no son Romeo y Julieta, sino estúpidos. Esta es la hist...more
Leo
This play was written by Fernando Rojas in the year 1499. It is a wonderful play about love and tragedy. Calisto fell in love with Melibea who was a beautiful young woman who would inherit a great fortune from her father. Calisto was rich and paid Celestina, an old astute witch of a woman, money so she could make Melibea love him.
Calistos servants, Sempronio and Parmoneo were in cohuts with Celestina but she kept all the gold for herself. When she defaulted on her deal Sempronio kills her.
Isabel
Nunca me han gustado este tipo de libros, y menos cuando te hacen leerlos en el instituto. Pero pensé: "No puede ser tan malo". Pues me equivocaba.
La historia en sí no es que esté mal, pero es un libro que se hace muy pesado tanto por su vocabulario como por los monólogos que se montan los personajes (que luego resulta que no te enteras de nada). Será un clásico español y todo lo que se quiera, pero a mi se me ha hecho muy pesado terminar de leermelo.
Nacho
Al principio se hace muy (pero que muy) cuesta arriba por el escollo del castellano antiguo y es difícil leer más de diez páginas de una tacada. Según vas acostumbrándote, cada vez influye menos y, al final, te dejas atrapar por la historia y por unos personajes que son memorables. Me ha encantado, pero, aun así, tengo que reconocer que varias veces he estado a punto de ceder a la tentación y dejarlo sin acabar en la estantería.
DeLys
One of the "must reads" of Spanish literature, this book represents both the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance in Spain. The character of Celestina is the basis of one of the three literary types from Spanish literature, along with Don Quijote and Don Juan. I've taught it multiple times and am always amazed by how much the issues raised in this book resonate with my students.
Raúl
La Celestina es uno de los pilares fundamentales de la literatura española, y sin embargo por su forma, entre lo narrativo, lo dramático y la digresión, ocupa un lugar incómodo en ella, siendo carne de estudioso y no accediendo de forma masiva al simple disfrute de los lectores. Situación agravada por ser lectura obligada en secundaria. Es curioso que en esa situación, no se vea su gran rebeldía, su canto a tomarse la vida en el día a día y disfrutar de los placeres más inmediatos, a incitar a l...more
Javier
Una víctima de las lecturas obligadas del instituto. Incluso entonces, cuando me concentraba en él, llegaba a la conclusión de que no estaba mal, así que me imagino que no sería un mal libro.
Cuantos clásicos se perdieron bajo la situación de una lectura rápida y anotada para hacer los trabajos pertinentes sobre él.
charta
Nonostante sia trascorso più di mezzo secolo dalla prima edizione di questa traduzione in italiano della comedia para ser leída per eccellenza, per raffinatezza e fedeltà al testo resta un pregevolissimo lavoro.
LiLitH
Trágicos amores ante un "cupido" enfermo.
Katsumi
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Jay
“La Celestina” sits between the last gasps of the Middle Ages and the first breaths of the Renaissance. Written for the most part by a 25 year old graduate of the Universidad de Salamanca, it also stands slightly behind “Don Quijote” in Castile’s novelistic rankings. It is still, over 500 years after its composition in 1499-1502, a masterpiece of Western literature. Arguably, it also could lay claim (according to Otis Green in his” Spain and the Western Tradition”) to being the first novel or “t...more
Oscar Gonzalez
Aparentemente, el principal problema de La Celestina, es que a muchos se les obliga a leerlo.
Es verdad, es difícil leerlo, el léxico, los giros y la sintaxis son, evidentemente, del siglo XV, llegando al punto de ser necesario releer para entender lo que está sucediendo. Encuentro una rara musicalidad en esta forma de expresarse, y hasta un poco de familiaridad con el habla de los viejos de nuestros pueblos. Esta es la parte que me gustó.
Luego viene la moralización, que me parece, es su intenció...more
Nick Bond
Sometimes credited as the first novel and the work that marked the beginning of the Spanish literary Renaissance, La Celestina uses a combination of tragedy and comedy to cast its bizarre spell on unsuspecting readers. It provides a truly unique experience that I enjoyed a great deal, though a number of warnings are necessary before anyone dives into it headfirst.

First off, let's be clear -- for all intents and purposes, this is a play. It consists only of dialogue and its style is far closer to...more
Emusam
This drama/novel is fun to read because of the parodic elements and very notable for its style of dialogue and one particular character that it introduces (Celestina). This work really denotes the end of the medieval period and the beginning of the Renacimiento. On one end we have El cantar del mio Cid and, on the other, we have La Celestina. Characters are not black and white and there is intrigue and suicide. Calisto's complaining about how his beloved doesn't even know he exists was one of my...more
Martin Hernandez
Escrita durante el reinado de los Reyes Católicos, pocos años después del descubrimiento de América, y una de las obras cumbre de la literatura española. Es un libro curioso, porque es mitad novela y mitad obra de teatro, y por esto dio origen a un género totalmente nuevo. Hay tres temas principales en la obra: la corrupción; la prevención contra el loco amor, que hace que los amantes crean «que sus amadas son su dios» y un tema más profundo, dramático y filosófico, según el cual la vida humana...more
Nella Fantasia
Una de las grandes obras de la literatura española, "la Celestina" es una obra imprescindible para comprender cómo era la España del siglo XV y XVI. Muy moderna para publicarse en el 1499, cuenta la historia de Celestina, mujer que utilizaba brebajes y ungüentos entre otros. Actuará como mediadora entre Calisto y Melibea, dos enamorados. Todo esta obra es una novela dialogada, algo inédito en España hasta ese momento y muy crítica tanto con la sociedad (que se movía por dinero e intereses) como...more
AryaSennel
Nunca me ha gustado este libro. Y nunca lo hará. Y menos esta edición horrible y pesada y aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh. No me lo he leído entero, más bien por encima a partir del XX acto, pero, total, no voy con esperanzas de aprobar el examen. ASÍ QUE A VIVIR FELIZ. Y si no hay suerte, en mayo nos volveremos a ver las caras, personajes horribles.
May Abiatti
La obra en sí está dentro de cada persona, porque ¿quién no ha escuchado alguna vez que le digan a alguien o quizás a uno mismo, Celestina? Yo lo oía seguido, y ni siquiera había tenido el libro en mis manos. Sabía que se referían a lo que pasaba en el interior de esas páginas, pero no supe la verdadera razón hasta unos años después, cuando lo leí y me enteré de lo que pasaba en aquel mundo, con esa vieja alcahueta, que por intentar hacer un «bien», se ganó la muerte y, a la vez, dejó un trágico...more
Talia
Mar 31, 2010 Talia is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I just bought the book today, after hearing the translator, Peter Bush, speak about his experiences and intents with this translation. He also compared his translation to others, and talked about the author (a law student, Jewish convert to Catholicism during the Inquisition) and the literary environment at that time. Interestingly, de Rojas never wrote another book; possibly because this one portrays the church in a bad light. Also he wrote this book for professional readers who would read stor...more
Pamela
Aprendí que el amor y el dinero pueden llevarte a hacer cosas muy malas y hacerte ciego totalmente ante la realidad de las cosas; como consecuencia: LA MUERTE.
Mick Leach
'La Celestina is often left out of even advanced Spanish literature courses because of its difficult language.' And I've finished it! Mediaeval c15 Spanish. It was flippin hard going and I understood far from all if it but I got the gist. And overall I did enjoy the experience and the feel of this classic work. Think Romeo and Juliet set in Salamanca for the briefest of synopses.
Aaron Cance
"Laugh-out-loud funny" book is not only extremely entertaining, but also lays some of the groundwork for the modern novel by way of the individualized psychology of its characters, who are no longer present as set pieces but now have their own opinions and ideas about what's going on in the story (and aren't afraid to share them with the reader through many asides). Apparently, this book was enormously influential on Miguel de Cervantes, and the reader can easily see how this work (can we call i...more
Becca
If I remember correctly, this is the first novel ever written. I read it in the original Spanish ... back when I could read Spanish well enough to accomplish such a feat. It was surprisingly racy ... with a sex crazed matchmaker/witch as the main character. I don't remember the storyline as a whole, but definitely remember little scenes and morals. According to La Celestina, youth should not be wasted, making love relieves menstrual cramps, and men should never leave their women unattended (beca...more
Audrey
Pienso que me tolerancia para historias melodramaticas esta aumentando, porque este libro (como El Carcel de Amor) me daba risa mas que me enojaba. Desde luego, hay criticos que dicen de ambos libros que son parodias. Tal vez es por eso que me gustan. Da un retrato interesante de la clase baja de la edad media (aunque casi todos los personajes son tipos). Es un retrato de la sociedad bastante pesimista, en que todos los personajes estan motivados por el sexo o por el dinero--normalmente los dos...more
Carolin Yans
Definitely a classic for medieval Spanish literature and packed full of recurring symbols. Had I read this without the supporting discussions of a college classroom, I probably wouldn't have been able to appreciate the work anywhere near as much as I should. Anyone with access to a good academic literary search engine should look up the essay "Sympathy and Antipathy in La Celestina" by James F. Burke. His commentary enhanced my understanding of the social and philosophical context of this tragic...more
María Sola
La verdad es que no soy mucho de clásicos. La historia en general me gusta bastante, me parece entretenida y enrevesada, además que pensando en la época que se publicó fue todo un escándalo.
Lo que para mi ha hecho que le baje la nota y demás es la forma de hablar de los personajes, o más bien la forma de escribir del autor, ya que el libro está escrito en castellano antiguo y me ha costado lo mío entenderlo todo.
En general está bien pero la forma de escribir ha sido un gran problema.
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Fernando De Rojas was a Castilian author about whom little information is known.

Fernando de Rojas is known for writing La Celestina (originally titled Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea) in 1499. It describes a tragic love affair, and is seen as the beginning of Spain's literary Renaissance. Although the work was published anonymously, the author revealed his name and famous birthplace in an acros...more
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