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Published: 30 April 2020

14 black and white illustrations

ISBN: 9781789621150

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Insolación: Historia amorosa

by Emilia Pardo Bazán

Graham Whittaker

Liverpool University Press

Aris and Phillips Hispanic Classics

  • This bilingual text contains some of the illustrations by J. Cuchy which appeared in the very first edition of the novel in 1889.
  • The introduction covers the historical and literary context in which the author was working as well as examining the key translation issues.
  • The alternation between a third person narrator, who vacillates between sympathy for and condemnation of the protagonist, and an unreliable first person narrator produces a subtle, complex and ambivalent picture.
  • Gabriel Pardo's surname and Galician provenance encourage us to view him as a mouthpiece for the author, but his observations are not disinterested.
  • The plot is a fine example of in medias res, the technique of beginning a narrative in the middle and then doubling back to the same point by filling in the past with dialogue, flashbacks or descriptions of events

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