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    Geoffrey Ribbans (Author)

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Benito Pé:rez Galdó:s (1843 - 1920) is generally recognised as Spain's greatest novelist since Cervantes. This is a wide-ranging exploration of the role of contemporary Spanish history in Galdos's fiction. Galdos wrote prolifically in two distinct narrative modes: some twenty major `contemporary novels' in the realist tradition and a special sort of historical novel he called the episodio nacional. The reign of Isabella II (1843 - 68) and the revolutionary period which followed until 1875, was a time of exceptional volatility in Spain, and Geoffrey Ribbans's comprehensive study shows how each of Galdos's two narrative modes adopts a particular technique in their treatment of Spanish history and politics. The episodio is tightly bound to historical events and timescale, though it skilfully incorporates its fictional characters into this framework: the novel on the other hand is embedded in historical reality in a constant but less systematic manner. The author also examines Galdos's treatment of historical themes in relation to such significant European writers as Tolstoy and Balzac. This is a major work of Galdos scholarship and an important contribution to the continuing debates concerning the complex relations between history and fiction.
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  • PDF | 328 pages
  • Geoffrey Ribbans (Author)
  • Clarendon Press (8 July 1993)
  • English
  • 9
  • History

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