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La Celestina - A Classic Spanish Novel-logo

La Celestina - A Classic Spanish Novel

Fernando de Rojas

The Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea (Spanish: Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea), known in Spain as La Celestina is a work entirely in dialogue published in 1499. It is attributed to Fernando de Rojas, a descendant of converted Jews, who practiced law and, later in life, served as an alderman of Talavera de la Reina, an important commercial center near Toledo. The book is considered to be one of the greatest works of all Spanish literature, and traditionally marks the end of medieval literature and the beginning of the literary renaissance in Spain. Although usually regarded as a novel, it is written as a continuous series of dialogues and can be taken as a play, having been staged as such and filmed. The story tells of a bachelor, Calisto, who uses the old procuress Celestina to start an affair with Melibea, an unmarried girl kept in seclusion by her parents. Though the two use the rhetoric of courtly love, sex — not marriage — is their aim. When he dies in an accident, she commits suicide. The name Celestina has become synonymous with procuress, especially an older woman used to further an illicit affair, and is a literary archetype of this character, the masculine counterpart being Pandarus.

The Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea (Spanish: Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea), known in Spain as La Celestina is a work entirely in dialogue published in 1499. It is attributed to Fernando de Rojas, a descendant of converted Jews, who practiced law and, later in life, served as an alderman of Talavera de la Reina, an important commercial center near Toledo. The book is considered to be one of the greatest works of all Spanish literature, and traditionally marks the end of medieval literature and the beginning of the literary renaissance in Spain. Although usually regarded as a novel, it is written as a continuous series of dialogues and can be taken as a play, having been staged as such and filmed. The story tells of a bachelor, Calisto, who uses the old procuress Celestina to start an affair with Melibea, an unmarried girl kept in seclusion by her parents. Though the two use the rhetoric of courtly love, sex — not marriage — is their aim. When he dies in an accident, she commits suicide. The name Celestina has become synonymous with procuress, especially an older woman used to further an illicit affair, and is a literary archetype of this character, the masculine counterpart being Pandarus.
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The Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea (Spanish: Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea), known in Spain as La Celestina is a work entirely in dialogue published in 1499. It is attributed to Fernando de Rojas, a descendant of converted Jews, who practiced law and, later in life, served as an alderman of Talavera de la Reina, an important commercial center near Toledo. The book is considered to be one of the greatest works of all Spanish literature, and traditionally marks the end of medieval literature and the beginning of the literary renaissance in Spain. Although usually regarded as a novel, it is written as a continuous series of dialogues and can be taken as a play, having been staged as such and filmed. The story tells of a bachelor, Calisto, who uses the old procuress Celestina to start an affair with Melibea, an unmarried girl kept in seclusion by her parents. Though the two use the rhetoric of courtly love, sex — not marriage — is their aim. When he dies in an accident, she commits suicide. The name Celestina has become synonymous with procuress, especially an older woman used to further an illicit affair, and is a literary archetype of this character, the masculine counterpart being Pandarus.

Language:

Spanish

Narrators:

Lidia Ariza, Luis Del Valle

Length:

7h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:12:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

41:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

31:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

38:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

39:22


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

00:35