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Castilla

Translated by Michael Vande Berg

Michael Vande Berg

First published in 1912, Castilla remains one of the most widely read works of twentieth-century Spanish literature in the United States. In it Azorín calls up some of Spain's most enduring and evocative images - windswept villages, rugged towers, proud 0hidalgos, late-afternoon corridas - as he works to resolve the defining tension of his generation: the desire to embrace the spirit of change entering Spain from northern Europe against the attempts to identify and preserve the essential elements of Spain's storied past.