"Lazarillo de Tormes," edited by Annette G. Cash and James C. Murray.
Originally published in 1554—anonymously, due to content critical of the Spanish clergy and aristocracy—Lazarillo is credited as the book establishing the style of the picaresque satirical novel.
Lázaro is a boy of humble origins from Salamanca. After his stepfather is accused of thievery, his mother asks a wily blind beggar to take on Lazarillo (little Lázaro) as his apprentice. Lázaro develops his cunning while serving the blind beggar and several other masters, while also learning to take on his father's practice.
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