"El castigo sin venganza," by Lope de Vega, edited by Edward H. Friedman
In one of his last and most respected plays, Lope de Vega draws from classical mythology and the ill-fated love triangle of Theseus, his wife Phaedra, and his illegitimate son Hippolytus. In Lope’s version of this plot, disparate elements stand apart and coalesce. Passion and honor clash. The deepest human emotions merge with intense and elegant poetry, and with an intricate and sustained system of irony. El castigo sin venganza evokes classical tragedy, but it is inflected by the mindset of Lope’s era, notably the all-encompassing obsession with honor.
ISBN 978-1-58977-092-8(PB) $20