The Life of Lazarillo of Tormes: His Fortunes and Misfortunes as Told by Himself
'Sometime around 1550 a little book, published anonymously, appeared in Spain. It purported to relate the life of one Lazarillo of Tormes, whose only goal since childhood had been to fill his empty belly. For its wit, unerring characterizations, realistic observation, and its sage acceptance of life, the tale went straight to the hearts of all Spain. Immediately translated into other languages, it was soon being read with delight throughout Europe. A masterpiece had been born, and for centuries it has endeared itself to new generations of readers and has won the praise of critics of every school and taste. In this modern but faithful version the reader will be able to read the entire book as it was experienced by the readers of the sixteenth century.'