Galdos, Benito Perez - The Disinherited. Folio Society, 1976, 1st thus. Translated by Lester Clark (first English translation). The greatest of Spanish nineteenth century novelists, Perez Galdos had a boundless curiosity about the varieties of human conduct and character and an extraordinary eye for the significant, often squalid, detail of everyday life. Strongly influenced by Zola, Tke Disinherited is a powefful evocation of the seamy side of Madrid life, and this first English translation has been specially commissioned by the Society. Isidora Rufete, a girl brought up to believe she is really the daughter of a marquesa, is both beautiful and basically honest, but her obsession with a lawsuit to establish her noble birth gives her a loathing for everything cheap and commonplace. Unable to say no to any form of ostentation or luxury, yet refusing to demean herself by going out to work, she is forced more and more into dependence on a succession of lovers, and Galdos draws the struggle that goes on in her mind with wonderful tact and sensitivity, her pride, her egoism, her false refinement counterbalanced by her reckless generosity and her almost mystical sense of destiny. When her eyes are finally opened, she pays in full the price of her faults, but she does so without remorse and without self-pity. (Folio Society). 9½" x 6", 358pp plus 20 plates, pale-blue cloth printed overall in red with an illustration, dark-red blocked spine panel, gold blocked spine lettering, hardback. Illustrated with monochrome drawings by Augustin Blancovaras. Sunned spine; fine; complete with very good (mark to one end by opening; slight edge-wear) slip-case.
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