PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
Translator: Charles de Salis Edited by: Andrew Crumey Cover illustration: Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Crushed by poverty or the weight of their pretensions, the high and low life of 19th century Madrid provides the cast for this enjoyably bleak portrait of a family's decline, fall and recovery. The widow Dona Francisca, reduced from salon to slum, is protected by her servant Benita, who begs and barters in a daily battle with starvation and her mistress's pride. When a sudden inheritance enriches the old crow, Benita is cast aside. Galdos's Spain teems with saints and sinners, corrupted as much by poverty as by wealth.
'A superlative, humane, funny study of inextinguishable, survival instincts amid conditions of utter wretchedness on the streets.'
No. of pages: 280
Publication date: 14.06.2021
Re-print date: 14.06.2021
978 1 912868 78 0
978 1 909232 77 8
World English Language in this translation.