36: Fortunata and Jacinta

The Sometime Seminar returns from its late-spring hiatus with a trip to 19th-century Madrid!

In this episode, we discuss Fortunata and Jacinta: Two Stories of Married Women (1887), a sprawling four-part realist novel of adultery in Madrid by Benito Pérez Galdós. It’s a gargantuan, wonderful novel that combines the vivid characterization of Dickens, the documentary scope of Balzac, and the dramatis personae of a phone book.

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