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The Scandal

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Original title

El escándalo

Moralistic story by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón on the mistakes of youth and their subsequent redemption in mature age.

This work was published in 1875, halfway between Romanticism and Realism, where Pedro Antonio de Alarcón combines a religious theme with social criticism. The work begins with the fall and subsequent redemption of a well-off and profligate man, Fabián Conde, who in old age is obliged to pay for the sins and mistakes of his youth. Some critics have seen in this novel an autobiographical reflection of the author, who in his younger years fostered revolutionary and anticlerical ideas, and in old age stood as a defender of catholic ideas and values.
Despite the initial criticism by the religious classes, the work was remarkably successful in its time.


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