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The Critic

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Category

Literature, Narrative

Date

1651 - 1657

Original title

El Criticón

Novel by Baltasar Gracián of a quality comparable to "Don Quixote" or "La Celestina", in which the author offers his vision of the world as an educational example for modern man.

Published in three parts between 1651 and 1657, “El Criticón” is the literary masterpiece of Baltasar Gracián. It is ascribed to the current of "conceptism”, though he had to publish the work under the pseudonym of "García de Marlones" due to his problems with the Jesuits.

The novel is an allegory of the life of man, in his two facets: compulsive and inexperienced, represented by Andrenio; and prudent and experienced, represented by Critilo. These two characters pursue happiness and end up passing through the known world criticising everything they see. The language is laconic and full of aphorisms, and the novel sets out the author's philosophical view, which is a precursor of existentialism and post-modernity.

  

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