Lazarillo de Tormes: A Graphic Novel
Published: April 2021© 2021
144 Pages, 8.00 x 10.00 x 0.40 in
This is the first graphic novel adaptation of Lazarillo de Tormes, an anonymous sixteenth-century work that is credited with founding the literary genre of the picaresque novel. This genre includes not only works by Spanish authors like Miguel de Cervantes but also famous novels in English and American literature featuring the "anti-hero."
This translated and modern retelling of Lazarillo de Tormes offers a new approach to old questions about a book that has puzzled readers and critics alike for centuries. Who was its mysterious author? Why did the Inquisition forbid this seemingly harmless book? Who read the book and how was it understood? These and other questions are recreated in the graphic novel, offering a broader vision of the fortunes and adversities of a book that against all odds became a literary classic.
A Brief Note on the English Translation
The “Case” in Question
Characters Implicated in Lazarillo’s Editorial History
"A most original and funny approach to on La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes (155?), one of Spain’s most beloved novels. An intriguing book, at the intersection of classic and contemporary forms of literature, literary history, creative writing, translation, and literary scholarship."Reyes Coll-Tellechea, Professor of Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
"Enriqueta Zafra and Jesús Mora have not only created a delightfully modern retelling of Lazarillo de Tormes, but they have also built into it a wonderful metaliterary discussion of both the history of the book itself and its critical reception."Bruce R. Burningham, Chair of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Illinois State University, and author of Tilting Cervantes: Baroque Reflections on Postmodern Culture
"Enriqueta Zafra’s whimsical interpretation of the Lazarillo de Tormes imaginatively reconstructs a hybrid world of historical and no less vital literary characters who spring in full colour from the pen of the talented artist, Jesús Mora. In its graphic form, this translation of the first Spanish picaresque novel takes on a life of its own, drawing the reader/viewer into the text’s censored and uncensored versions through the centuries."Anne J. Cruz, Professor Emerita of Spanish and Cooper Fellow in the Humanities, University of Miami