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By Julio Cortazar

His first political novel.

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Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Fidel Castro succeeds in his revolution against Batista and becomes Premier of Cuba, expropriates US-owned sugar mills. Miro´ paints murals for UNESCO building in Paris. Juan Garc´ıa Hortelano, Nuevas amistades. Antonio Ferres, La piqueta. Delibes, La hoja roja. Federico Fellini, La dolce vita. c h ro n o l o g y 1960 1961 1962 1963 1965 1966 1967 Matute, Primera memoria. Goytisolo, Campos de N´ıjar. ´ Armando Lopez Salinas, La mina. John Updike, Rabbit, Run.

Marina Mayoral, La unica libertad. Francisco Ayala, Memorias y olvidos. Updike, Rabbit Is Rich. Graham Greene, Monsignor Quixote. c h ro n o l o g y 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 Jos´e Luis Garc´ıa’s film Volver a empezar, receives Oscar for the best foreign film. The “Office of Women’s Affairs” is ´ created by the Ministry of Culture. Jaime Chavarri, Las bicicletas son para el verano (film version). V´ıctor Erice, El sur (film version). Juan Goytisolo, La isla. Carlos Barral, ´ ´ Penultimo castigo.

Whether the author of Lazarillo saw the hero in as heroically defiant a light as the critics do is doubtful, despite his attractive sympathy for the disadvantaged and his stinging ironies about the double standards of those higher up the social ladder. With Spanish Golden Age 5 F. Rico, La novela picaresca y el punto de vista (Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1970). 19 a n t h o n y j. c l o s e ´ readers in general, he saw Lazaro essentially as a comic butt, whose acquiescence in his wife’s protestations of virtue is a sign of crass credulity, not cynicism.

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