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Spain has produced two books that changed world literature: Don Quixote and Lazarillo de Tormes , the first picaresque novel ever written and the inspired precursor to works as various as Vanity Fair and Huckleberry Finn . Banned by the Spanish Inquisition after publication in 1554, Lazarillo was soon translated throughout Europe, where it was widely copied. The book is a favorite to this day for its vigorous colloquial style and the earthy realism with which it exposes human hypocrisy. The bastard son of a ...

The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes 2004, New York Review of Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781590171325

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