The city of the discreet by Pío Baroja
Download The city of the discreet ebook. The City of the Discreet is set in the traditional Andalusia of the 19th century. This gentle parody with its vast gallery of characters demonstrates Baroja’s powers of description and his subtle humour. The description of his Cordova and its environs are an invaluable guide to a recent but now, lost city.
“Allow me to pay this small tribute to you who taught so much to those of us who wanted to be writers when we were young. I deplore the fact that you have not yet received a Nobel Prize, especially when it was given to so many who deserved it less, like me, who am only an adventurer.”
“ …outside of Russia there has never been a novelist so taken up with all that society and respectability reject as Pío Baroja.”
John Dos Passos
“I have never hidden my admirations in literature. They have been and are Dickens, Balzac, Poe, Dostoievski and, now, Stendhal….”
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Pio Baroja was born in San Sebastian, Spain in 1872 and was one of the key novelists of
the Generation of ’98. Although educated as a physician, Baroja only practiced this trade briefly. He also managed the family bakery for a short time and ran unsuccessfully on two occasions for a seat at the Cortes Generales as a Republican. Baroja’s true calling, however, was always writing, which he began seriously at the age of 13.
His first novel was La Casa de Aizgorri (“The House of Aizgorri”, 1900), which is part of atrilogy called La Tierra Vasca (The Basque Country, 1900-09). This trilogy also includes El Mayorazgo de Labraz (The Lord of Labraz, 1903) which became one of his most popular novels in Spain. However, he is best known internationally by another trilogy entitled La Lucha por La Vida (The Struggle for Life, 1922-24) which offers a vivid depiction of life in Madrid’s slums.
Baroja is somewhat of an enigma, a mystery and is extremely modest. In keeping with Spanish literary tradition, Baroja often wrote in a pessimistic, picaresque style…
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