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Is Nazarin a latter-day Christ or a Quixotic fool? Saintly, mysterious, irritating, he attempts to set up an alternative society based on non-resistance to evil and the rejection of private property, with oftern unexpected results. He wants nothing, asks for nothing and by his example preaches patience and passivity. At once a serious discussion of the roots of Christianity, an exploration of abnormal psychology and a critique of bourgeois materialism, "Nazarin" (1895) is also an exercise in comedy. In the Cervantine tradition, its ironic metafictional dimension makes it a peculiarly modern novel and it was made into a film by more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 114.3 x 182.88 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • maps, bibliography
  • 0192828789
  • 9780192828781

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Maps - Nazarin's Madrid, Nazarin's route; note on the translation; select bibliography in English; a chronology of Galdos; "Nazarin".show more

Review Text

A 1895 novel by the great Spanish realist (1843-1920) portrays in both ironical and reverent tones the life of a defrocked prist, Nazario Zaharin (or Nazarin), who hits the road and undertakes to emulate the life of Christ. Accompanied by a pair of devoted whores, the exuberantly innocent Father Nazarin encounters a bevy of unregenerate humanity in whose essential goodness he stalwartly believes, despite the betrayals and abuses heaped upon him. One of Galdos's most daring challenges to his culture's complacent morality, this teasing fiction never reveals whether its Quixotean hero is a lunatic, or a visionary sustained by a special state of grace. It's a wonderful novel and a perfect introduction to the work of a major 19th-century writer. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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