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! ! ! ! ! RESEÑAS 85 El apéndice termina con un glosario de terminología cabalística y judaica muy útil para el lector general. El libro entero está preparado con un esmero y una atención al detalle que raras veces se encuentran en la producción editorial actual. Sólo eché de menos una referencia, aunque fuera breve, a las opiniones de Maimónides sobre la cuestión del Kiddush HaShem o martirio en la tradición judía y en particular la sefardita. El gran sabio, en su conocida Epístola sobre el martirio (Iggeret HaShmad) generalmente aconseja el decoro, la paciencia y la práctica secreta de los mandamientos para las comunidades amenazadas por la conversión forzada y prohíbe cualquier conducta provocante que constituya, en efecto, el suicidio. Esta actitud pragmática frente a la persecución religiosa fue mantenida por la mayoría de los judíos ibéricos durante la represión almohade y más tarde, la cristiana inquisitorial. A la luz del comportamiento normativo sefardita, la vehemencia con que Lope de Vera se lanza al martirio y Enríquez Gómez lo celebra nos parece rarísima y digna de más comentario. En conclusión, el estudio del profesor Brown es impresionante por lo exhaustivo de su investigación y sus conclusiones acertadas sobre la vida, obra y entorno de Antonio Enríquez Gómez. Al establecer el texto definitivo del “Romance a Lope de Vera,” nos permite apreciar por fin “una obra nunca antes vista ni oída en lengua castellana”(141). Laurie Kaplis-Hohwald Rowan University Selected Poems of Luis de Góngora: a Bilingual Edition. Ed. and trans. John Dent-Young. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2007. HB. xx + 272 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-226-14059-9. Selected Poems of Garcilaso de la Vega: a Bilingual Edition. Ed. and trans. John Dent-Young. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2009. HB. 240 pp. ISBN13 : 978-0-226-14188-6. Let us first take up the more recently published book. For specialists in Garcilaso the most interesting part of the 2009 volume will probably be John Dent-Young´s 24 pages of general introduction, interweaving Garcilaso´s life and works with an exceptional reader´s own original 86 Reviews ! ! ! ! ! insights. He is up-to-date: he takes into account, for example, María del Carmen Vaquero´s recent archival identification of the mother of Lorenzo Suárez de Figueroa, Garcilaso´s natural son (Garcilaso: Aportes para una nueva biografía, Ciudad Real: Oretania, 1996). And he draws wisely upon the late Richard Helgerson´s brilliant essay entitled A Sonnet from Carthage (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2007). To give a sample of his introduction, he begins his close reading of the Epístola with these words of praise: “For me, this simple poem addressed to a friend does almost more than the more ambitious and metrically complex eclogues to confirm that Garcilaso´s true vocation was literature” (9). His reading of this poem takes up almost two full pages of his introduction; he exemplifies his appreciation by explaining the selfreflexive tone and many apparently casual details of this short personal letter on friendship written to Boscán. In addition to his general introduction, in the introductions to his individual sections and in his notes, our translator also makes significant remarks about Garcilaso´s poetry. As a sample of his close yet near-rhyming translation, I will here insert the well-known Sonnet I: When I stop to view my situation and contemplate the steps that brought me here, seeing the dangers of the way, I feel I might have reached a far worse destination; but when I cease to think about the journey, I wonder that my state should be so bad; I know I´m finished, and what most makes me sad is thinking how this love of mine ends with me. I´m finished, through my innocent surrender to one able to end me, able to kill if so she wishes . . . and able too to wish it; for if I can be killed by my own will, then her will, so much less in my favor, being...

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ISSN
2377-9551
Print ISSN
1084-1490
Pages
pp. 85-90
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-06
Open Access
No
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