The Abencerrraje, finally for epub readers

We’re terribly sorry to have kept you waiting! You’ll be relieved to know that The Abencerraje: A New Translation, which has had such phenomenal success as a Kindle book, is now available for your epub reading pleasure from both your friendly Barnes and Noble and the fine people at Kobo. Endorsed by three arbiters of good taste, this affordable ebook (or paperback) is sure to entertain and maybe edify, too.

To refresh your memory, we present the blurb:

A heartwarming tale of love and friendship in a time when no one could imagine anything but war.

This is a classic story of the exotic landscape of medieval Spain, written about 1551, in a new, easy to read English translation.

Abindarráez is so in love with beautiful Jarifa that when he is taken prisoner by Rodrigo de Narváez, he asks to be freed for only two days so that he can marry her. What happens next shows that love and friendship are stronger than war, even during the final stages of the the Reconquest of Spain.

The translation tries to transmit all the meaning and charm of the original while untangling its complex syntax. Don’t miss the opportunity to read this enchanting book in English!

This edition includes:
• A never-before-published translation of El Abencerraje
• Useful explanatory notes
• A short, original introductory essay

And remember, in the paperback you get both the original Spanish and the new English translation, complete with useful explanatory notes. Thank you for your patience!

Kindle | Kindle España | Nook | Kobo | paperback

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La tragedia evitada da lugar a la comedia

El sí de las niñas es la obra más importante del dramaturgo Leandro Fernández de Moratín. Don Carlos está profundamente enamorado y su tío busca mujer que le acompañe en la vejez. ¡Lo que no saben es que tienen intenciones hacia la misma mujer! Una comedia suave que critica blandamente las costumbres de su época y por lo tanto fue prohibida por la Inquisición. ¡Pero al final todo se resuelve felizmente! Será tu obra de teatro preferida.

Esta edición incluye
• Un comentario con notas para el estudio de la obra que no encontrarás en otra parte
• El texto completo corregido con esmero en tres actos con escenas separadas
• Un comentario del autor acerca de la recepción de la obra

Disponible en Kindle US | Kindle España | Nook | Kobo

Trotaconventos en la era digital

¡Mala landre me mate si no te gusta este libro!

La Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea es la obra más romántica y a la misma vez más ironizante de la Edad Media. Una simple historia de amor fracasado se convierte en intrigas, hechizos, robos y asesinatos cuando los “bellacos” sirvientes de Calisto sugieren que busque los servicios de la corrupta alcahueta Celestina. Los personajes recitan poesía y hacen el amor, pero por otro lado también violan, confabulan y matan. Son casi tan complicados como los seres humanos.

Hemos modernizado la ortografía para no impedir el disfrute del lector, pero no en vano pasan los siglos. Hemos preservado palabras que dan un toque decisivamente medieval porque de otra manera no se entendería igual. A veces parecerá inconsistente (e. g., a veces es “aucto” y otras es “auto”). Los escritores medievales no se preocupaban de estos detalles.

Esta edición incluye:
• El texto modernizado de toda la tragicomedia (21 actos)
• Notas para el estudio no disponibles en otra parte con resúmenes tanto de la obra como de dos artículos críticos importantes

Kindle | Kindle EspañaNookKobo

The Last Days of Granada by One of the Most Popular English Writers of All Time

Leila, or The Siege of Granada by Edward Bulwer Lytton

From the same pen that brought us The Last Days of Pompeii and such unforgettable phrases as “the great unwashed,” “pursuit of the almighty dollar,” “the pen is mightier than the sword,” and the famous opening line “It was a dark and stormy night,” come these two feverishly romantic stories set in Golden Age Spain. Lytton was giving the public what it wanted and lived a life of renown, praise, riches, and some ribbing because of it.

Both books are well researched. While reading Edward Bulwer Lytton feels like a guilty pleasure, you might learn something, too.

Leila, Or The Siege of Granada takes place in late 1491, on the eve of the fall of the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, Granada. See the courtly intrigue and mighty battles from both sides — but mostly from the side of the defeated. It’s the side favored by the romantics, anyway. Witness Boabdil’s courageous last stand, and be there with him when he heaves the “last sigh” that is still commemorated at a vista toward the Alhambra today.

Calderon the Courtier tells the shorter tale of a forbidden love, deception, and betrayal at the court of King Felipe III.

This well-formatted edition includes an interactive table of contents and several explanatory footnotes from the first edition. Many original spelling errors have been corrected. This is, hands down, the cleanest edition of these works available.

Get these two amazing bargains in one volume in Kindle or in Nook.