Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Tirant Lo Blanc

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Tirant Lo Blanc

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Joanot Martorell and Marti Joan de Galba, Tirant lo blanc, trans. David H. Rosenthal (Baltimore, Maryland, and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, t996). xxix + 640 pp. ISBN o-8oI8-54z1-o. $x9.95. This reprint of David Rosenthal's 1984 translation of Tirant lo blanc is very welcome, in that it makes available once more, in a very readable form, one of the most extraordinary works of late medieval fiction in any language. Cervantes's praise of the novel is well kn)wn, though his reservations have more to do with the gap between Renaissance and medieval sensibilities than with any intrinsic faults of the original. In his otherwise informative preface, Rosenthal, though more sympathetic to Martorell's intentions, is overkeen to see the Tirant as an ancestor of the modern novel and hence to play down the novel's very distinctive blend of realism and formality.

This said, one can only praise him for having produced a version which is both faithful to the original and attractive to a modern reader. The fact that he has eliminated a number of what he calls 'redundancies' (p. …

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