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El hereje (Volumen independiente) by Miguel…

El hereje (Volumen independiente) (original 1998; edition 2018)

by Miguel Delibes (Author)

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In this winner of the Premio Nacional de Narrativa, Spain's most prestigious literary prize, Miguel Delibes takes us into the heart of sixteenth-century Spain. At the very moment Martin Luther nails his ninety-five theses to a church door and launches the movement that will divide the Roman Catholic Church, a child is born, his fate marked by the political and religious upheaval taking root in Europe. His mother having perished in childbirth, his father alienated and disconnected, Cipriano Salcedo's only source of affection is his wet nurse and foster mother, Minerva. He grows up to become a prosperous merchant and joins the Reformation movement, which is secretly advancing on the Iberian Peninsula, the historical bastion of the Catholic church. But before long, the Spanish Inquisition will drive the Reformers to put their lives at stake. Through the story of Cipriano Salcedo, Delibes paints a masterful portrait of the time of Spain's Charles V and recreates with uncanny accuracy and unparalleled artistry the social and intellectual atmosphere of Europe at one of history's most pivotal moments.… (more)
Title:El hereje (Volumen independiente)
Authors:Miguel Delibes (Author)
Info:Ediciones Destino (2018), 497 pages
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The Heretic by Miguel Delibes (1998)

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Cipriano Salcedo is the son of a businessman in 16th century Valladollid, Spain. He grows up to be wise in business matters, a loving husband to his wife, generous to the poor and working classes, but has the misfortune to experience religious conversion to Lutheranism during the Inquisition. Captured and tortured by the Inquisition, he suffers martyrdom at an auto-da-fé. The Heretic is a searing indictment of the evils of the Roman Catholic Church at this time, marking the Inquisition as the progenitor of the long draw out decline and eventual irrelevance of Roman Catholicism.

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  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
Set in the small Spanish village of Valladolid at the start of Lutherianism this is the study of one mans life.

Cipriano Salcedo is born the day Luther nails his theses to a church door, his mother dies in childbirth leaving him to the care of his wet nurse Minervina.

Despite his diminutive size Cipriano is an astute businessman making a fortune a fortune his loses due to his religious beliefs. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
The story is of Cipriano Salcedo, citizen of Valladolid, Spain set in the 1500s. In fact, Cipriano Salcedo was born on October 31, 1517, the day Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses. There is a brief introduction to Luther and Calvin and the Council of Trent. Cipriano’s mother died shortly after childbirth and his father never approached the son with anything but disdain. Cipriano was raised in the Catholic faith but along the way, without his fully realizing, he becomes a believer in the doctrine of beneficence. His desire for fraternity leads him to trust that others will stay true to their oaths. The author dedicated this book to his hometown of Valladolid in which he creates the landscape, the man and the passion. Cipriano is a merchant and the novel is the story of man’s freedom to think and the intolerance of mankind. The story does immerse you in the sixteenth century. I recommend this to anyone interested in the inquisition, the reformation or the 16th century. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 16, 2013 |
Despite the title, The Reformation, as a setting, at first, exists only in hints and brief mentionings throughout the story, and at first the reader might think they've been misled. However, by reading closely we see that Cipriano's life significantly parallels and represents these major historical events. This is further signified by Cipriano being reminded, despite not giving it any second thoughts, of being born on the same day that Luther nailed his 95 Theses.

One can also draw a parallel between Cipriano vs. Reformation and the life of Jean-Jacques Rousseau vs. the Enlightenment. Like Rousseau, Cipriano's mother died shortly after giving birth to him, and he was brought up by his father and a paternal uncle (or in Rousseau's case, his aunt.) While Rousseau was never truly abandoned, like Rousseau, Cipriano is left in the care of relatives and sent to a boarding school at a very young age. It is there that Cipriano learns the cruel nature of society, but manages to survive using his uncanny strength and untutored sensibility. Following his father's death, Cipriano strives for control over his own life. But like Rousseau, Cipriano is both an independent and dependent personality. He craves the affection that his parents never gave him and becomes attached to any form of attention whether it is the respect of his peers, maternal love, sexual ardour, or friendship. Finally, similar to Rousseau's famous "fall", Cipriano experiences a personal revelation and is finally lured into a religious revolution.

And the translation is no where near as bad as other reviews have said. In fact, the translation isn't the problem, it's the editing, and even then it's only the occasional misspelling. The story itself remains unaffected, so I give this one 3 1/2 stars! ( )
  asukamaxwell | Jan 27, 2012 |
Originally published in Spain, this is a novel of a young man who grows up unloved and unwanted in an orthodox family. Eventually he becomes involved with an underground Protestant group, and becomes an enemy of the state. This is a book that would be hard going as a bestseller in America, because it is cerebral and not particularly action-packed (this is NOT meant as a dis!). The lead character is well drawn out, but most of the other characters are somewhat fuzzy. Overall, it was a pleasant read. ( )
  Devil_llama | Apr 15, 2011 |
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¿Cómo callar tantas formas de violencia perpetradas también en nombre de la fe? Guerras de religión, tribunales de la Inquisición y otras formas de violación de los derechos de las personas… Es preciso que la Iglesia, de acuerdo con el Concilio Vaticano II, revise por propia iniciativa los aspectos oscuros de su historia, valorándolos a la luz de los principios del Evangelio.

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El Hamburg, una galeaza a remo y vela, de tres palos, línea enjuta y setenta y cinco varas de eslora, dedicada al cabotaje, rebasó lentamente la bocana y salió a mar abierta.
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This literary-historical novel takes readers on a compelling journey through the Reformation and Spanish Inquisition in 16th century Spain.
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