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La Celestina

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The racy and irreverent Spanish tragicomedy that is considered the first European novel -- in a spirited new translation

A Spanish Romeo and Juliet, Celestina was published in 1499 and became Spain's first-ever bestseller. Readers thrilled to the salty character of Celestina and her world of prostitutes and black magic even as they mourned the fate of Calisto and Melibea, t
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Steve


Two pages from an early edition.



In 1499 appeared the first 16 "acts" of the Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, now better known as La Celestina, a work that Juan Goytisolo called "Spanish literature's most audacious and subversive work" in his excellent article celebrating the 500th anniversary of the text's publication.(*)

First published anonymously, then again with the author's name in acrostics, it was eventually revealed that the author was the still quite young Fernando de Rojas (c. 1465/76
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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
Laura
Free download in Spanish available at Project Gutenberg
Isabel
Dec 07, 2010 Isabel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Javier
Sep 19, 2007 Javier rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clasicos
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.
Martina
Cuando me empezaban a gustar los personajes... BAM se matan todos. Pues no.
Zadignose
Mar 30, 2016 Zadignose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 15th-century
"You antic ass! You've made me laugh, which I did not intend to do again this year."


Celestina is every bit the great classic that its reputation among Spaniards suggests. It's bold, funny, cynical, and at the same time affecting, provoking a strange mix of derision and sympathy. Along the way it scorns most of society's values, as well as its hypocrisies, general human frailty, and most of all it cries out against the inhuman cruelty of God, Love, Fortune, the World itself, or whatever it is tha
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Fabiola Fulco Salazar
May 16, 2015 Fabiola Fulco Salazar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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No sé como alguien puede no disfrutar esta obra. Es lo mejor que he leído este año y una de las mejores cosas que he leído en mi vida. Aunque existe una barrera entre Rojas y el lector moderno por las cuestiones del lenguaje, creo que este no es excusa para negarle lo que se merece.

La Celestina es una joya. Repleta de personajes tan depravados y miserables que causan un impacto real, personajes cuyas apariencias se transparentan y revelan una oscuridad inherente en el ser humano. Y creo que esa
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Raúl
Apr 17, 2015 Raúl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Antes de nada, nos las habemos con una obra maestra de la literatura, un libro que marcó un antes y un después e inspiró a saber cuántas historias. Ahora bien, eso por sí solo no recomienda su lectura. Además, 'todo pasa y todo queda', parafraseando a Machado. ¿Qué interés puede tener a día de hoy una obra escrita a finales del siglo XV, a pesar de su mucha importancia histórica e influencia posterior? Aquí caben muchas respuestas, pero os dejaré en primer lugar la mía, la que me vale a mi: esta ...more
Carlos Vazquez
Apr 27, 2013 Carlos Vazquez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Olethros
-Generando preguntas, tanto desde el punto de vista técnico como desde el de sus contenidos.-

Género. Novela (por simplificar).

Lo que nos cuenta. Calisto se enamora a primera vista de Melibea tras un encuentro casual, pero ella no siente lo mismo por él. Cuando Calisto le comenta su caso a su sirviente Sempronio, el criado le recomienda que visite a la alcahueta Celestina, supuestamente experta en el tema, pero en realidad Sempronio pretende hacer negocio a costa de la situación y en connivencia
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DeLys
Sep 13, 2013 DeLys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Miquel Reina
Nov 26, 2015 Miquel Reina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What could I say about one of the major Spanish classics as "La Celestina"? Well, I think that this book is certainly one of these novels that a big part of Spanish people have read. In my case, I did it in school time and despite the years that have passed, I still remember the story perfectly. "La Celestina" is a novel that despite its age is still entertaining, fun and easy to read. Romances, misunderstandings and especially a funny intelligence has made it become not only one of the big clas ...more
Jay
Aug 16, 2014 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature-spain
“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
Leo
Dec 09, 2009 Leo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nacho
Mar 23, 2010 Nacho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: españoles, clásicos
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.
Darío
Jan 08, 2016 Darío rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Hace falta que diga algo? Una obra espléndida, un argumento maravilloso, unos personajes únicos, unas referencias culturales enriquecedoras... Es una historia que, indudablemente, hace falta leer en algún momento de la vida; tanto por los valores (o desvalores) que muestran sus personajes como por la importancia que tiene, siendo uno de los grandes pilares de la cultura española (y un gran referente a nivel occidental).
Alex (fanboyreader)
I liked the plot but it was written in 1499 and it was so borring to read...
Isabel Guerra
Lo mejor de leer tragedias es burlarse de los personajes... ok no.
Lo cierto es que a pesar del español antiguo me gustó bastante esta obra, los personajes son excepcionales y podría hacerse un amplio análisis de cada uno de ellos, me encanta la relevancia que se le da a los criados y prostitutas en esta historia, que me recordó un poco a las comedias romanas que he leído y fue muy interesante el desarrollo de la historia en manos de la alcahueta de Celestina. Aún estoy leyendo el análisis de la
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Oscar Gonzalez
Oct 13, 2013 Oscar Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sepan-cuantos
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
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Sergi Montes
May 06, 2016 Sergi Montes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La mejor obra de la literatura española, sin duda. "El Quijote" no habría podido existir de no ser por ella. Su género híbrido oscilante entre el teatro y la novela es genial y supuso un antes y un después en la historia de nuestra literatura. La Tragicomedia que creó continuaciones e inspiró a múltiples autores, como Lope o Francisco Delicado. Unos diálogos plenos de erudición y una vuelta de tuerca donde los más ricos son los menos cultivados y viceversa. El sexo y la perversión tratada sin ta ...more
charta
Oct 19, 2012 charta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2012 LiLitH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trágicos amores ante un "cupido" enfermo.
Howard
This book is arguably the first European novel from 1499, predating Don Quixote by some 100 years. The book was written by Rojas (also of Salamanca) supposedly after someone else wrote the first chapter and he decided to finish it; it was written in vernacular old Spanish as a tragicomedy much more as a play/dialogue driven story than a prose book per se. The history of the book, around the time of Columbus’ voyages, recent Moor’s expulsion for Granada, the Spanish Inquisition, Rojas’ forebears ...more
Katsumi
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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
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Jay
Dec 30, 2014 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature-spain
“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
Nick Bond
Mar 12, 2013 Nick Bond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Sergio
Apr 29, 2014 Sergio marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Calisto was of noble lineage, light wit, gentle disposition, breeding cute, thank you very much endowed with, medium condition. He was imprisoned in love Melibea, wife wench, very generous, and high blood Serene, sublimated into prosperous state, one Pleberio heir to his father, and his beloved mother Alisa. At the request of pungido Calisto, defeated the chaste purpose of it between joining Celestina, poor and wise woman, with two servientes the defeated Callisto, deceived and this unfair torna ...more
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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
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