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The Dialogue of the Dogs is an inspired work of psychological observation by the master of the picaresque novel. In it, Cervantes displays all the clarity and warmth that marks the rich prose of Don Quixote. Given the gift of speech for a day, two dogs set about satirizing humans, their supposed superiors. In an exchange reminiscent of the ancient Greek Dialogues, they recThe Dialogue of the Dogs is an inspired work of psychological observation by the master of the picaresque novel. In it, Cervantes displays all the clarity and warmth that marks the rich prose of Don Quixote. Given the gift of speech for a day, two dogs set about satirizing humans, their supposed superiors. In an exchange reminiscent of the ancient Greek Dialogues, they recount their experiences under their various masters. But whether butcher, constable, merchant, or gypsy, each is decried as corrupt to the core. Through the scathing Berganza and the critical Scipio, Cervantes delivers an ingenious critique of the morality of 16th-century Spain, and a timeless and telling portrayal of the heart of man. Author of the universally known Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes is Spain’s greatest writer....

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  • huzeyfe
    2019-05-04 00:55

    Cervantes'in hiciv dolu müthiş dili ile akıcı bir uzun öykü. Köpeklerin dünyasından insanların kötü yönlerini okuduğumuz bu öykünün aldatılan bir teğmen tarafından aktarılması da hoş bir incelik.

  • Chris Schaeffer
    2019-05-13 05:05

    Cervantes knows what I like, and what I like is TALKIN' DOGS. Definitely more straightforwardly picaresque than 'Don Quixote' (which is the only other thing by Cervantes I've read) with a surprising and somewhat unsettling turn towards grim diabolism towards the end. I don't want to make a monument out of a weird little novella about dogs with bad troubles, but I was a little fascinated by the fact that, fantastic or no, Cervantes still chose to center his narrative among the most down-and-out of subaltern groups.

  • Selin Seçen
    2019-04-20 03:02

    Size insanların ne kadar ahlaksız, sinsi, onursuz, edepsiz, kıskanç, yozlaşmış ve dedikodu düşkünü olduğunu söylemiş miydim? Hımm, söylememiş miydim? Ne kadar korkunç canlılar olduğumuzu birbirimizden duyduğumuz yetmezmiş gibi, ayrıca kısa süreliğine de olsa konuşabilen iki köpekten dinlemek isterseniz Köpeklerin Küfrü, aman, Sohbeti tam size göre. Cervantes’in hayaleti 1500’lü yıllardan gelip içimi daraltabildi bu uzun öykü sayesinde, sağ olsun!Yazının devamı için:

  • Sidik Fofana
    2019-04-20 07:18

    SIX WORD REVIEW: Don't just read freakin' Don Quixote.

  • Bernabé Borrero
    2019-05-12 01:16

    Dos perros en un hospital descubren una buena noche que poseen la capacidad de hablar, y deciden contarse sus experiencias.La trama en sí no me ha parecido demasiado interesante, pero es un libro corto, y deja perlas como las siguientes:¿Quién será poderoso a dar a entender que la defensa ofende, que las centinelas duermen, que la confianza roba y que el que os guarda os mata?Rezo poco y en público, murmuro mucho y en secreto. Vame mejor con ser hipócrita que con ser pecadora declarada: las apariencias de mis buenas obras presentes van borrando en la memoria de los que me conocen las malas obras pasadas. En efeto, la santidad fingida no hace daño a ningún tercero, sino al que la usa.

  • É O'Conghaile
    2019-04-21 04:03

    If dogs could talk in a human language, I don't believe they would talk so much about how great racism and christianity is, how good it is to have 'high-born' rulers and 'low-born' servants.In the beginning of the story, I appreciated that they talked mostly of how nice it was to have friendly human friends, the playing and resting and so on. But eventually it became a tirade against Roma peoples, black people, poor people and poets/artists, and so on, and a generous heaping of 'isn't christianity great?!' sprinkled before and after each ignorant comment. Such a sad thing really, for the idea of a story from the perspective of nonhumans is something I very much enjoy - so long as they do not resemble ignorant humans.

  • Scott
    2019-04-30 00:57

    Lots of writers have used sentient animals as a tool for satirizing the human condition. Miguel de Cervantes did it first... or at least firster than most of the other ones you'll find. What bothers me about many books of this type is that often the animals criticize humans with a superior, judgmental attitude that makes them just as flawed and obnoxious as the people they're trying to satirize. Cervantes avoids this by having his dogs prone to the same foils of man. It's an amusing book, but really not that important. Fans of the picturesque novel or Cervantes should definitely give it a try, I guess. Or, y'know, if you like light brown.

  • Alex
    2019-05-15 05:19

    "O Lord! said I to myself, who can ever remedy this villainy? Who will have the power to make known that the defence is offensive, the sentinels sleep, the trustees rob and those who guard you kill you?" - Bemoaned Berganza....the dog.Who would have thought that a dialogue between two Spanish dogs could be so damn good? Cervantes, señor pícaro, creates a picaresque story of sorts that also includes various slights at the way stories are told, the self-indulgence of philosophers, and the idealized notions of humanity that reality cannot produce. A very good time.

  • Tolgonay Dinçer
    2019-05-07 02:15

    Bir uzun öykü olan bu kitap bir teğmenin başından geçen basit bir aldatma-aldatılma hikayesi. İkinci bölümde teğmen kaldığı hastanedeki köpeklerin konuştuğunu iddia eder, onların neler konuştuklarını anlatır. Öykü bundan sonra bambaşka bir hal alıyor. Yoğun bir şekilde hiciv içeren öykü insanların ahlaksızlıklarını, ikiyüzlülüklerini, yozlaşmalarını iki köpek aracılığıyla aktarıyor. Belki yazarken kendi dönemini ve ülkesini eleştiriyordu ama değindiği noktalar şu anda hala geçerliliğini koruyor.

  • Phrodrick
    2019-05-05 08:03

    Anachronistic translation but a fun introduction to Cervantesin recommending Miguel de Cervantes’ The Dialogue of the Dogs (Art of the Novella) the point should be made that witty is not the same as laugh out loud funny, neither is satire. Both terms apply to this book, but I cannot say that I spend much time laughing. In this case I am more of a general reader and not fully versed on the historic context of this book such that I can exactly relate the academic analysis of it to the words on the page. Going a step further. I am rarely focused on the problems of the translator and am inclined to forgive the occasional use of words or expressions unlikely to available to the author or indeed in existence at the time of authorship. For such a short book, the translator depends on too many modern expressions. I can recommend The Dialogue of the Dogs, but my enthusiasm is for the change to read more Cervantes and less about the qualities of this specific text.The Dialogue of the Dogs is believed to be the first literary example of talking dogs. An earlier Greek classic, circa 160 AD (compared with Cervantes book 1613) is The Metamorphoses of Apuleius. This is the story of a human who transforms himself into an a… , (to use a more polite word) mule and tells of the foible of fellow humans as he travels in unintended disguise. In similar fashion, Cervantes seizes upon the opportunity to tell us about ourselves from the relative objective viewpoint of our dogs.In brief, dogs do not miss much and may know us better than we may want to be known.This book tells the story of the dog Scipio as he relates his life with humans to his fellow dog Berganza. The suggestion is that this novella was intended to be the first of at least two. Indeed there is a hint that the two dogs are more than dogs and more than friends.The stories themselves are by now fairly conventional. Thieving servants, banditry, gypsies being sly and so forth. Individual stories take no more than a few pages. Interruptions are made by Berganza as he warns Scipio to stick to the story and leave out his moralizing. This according to the analysis is part of the satire. Cervantes is speaking to the modes of storytelling and making his opinion known about how good stories should be told.Stories need not be entirely novel to make good reading. Cervantes has lifted some themes from earlier story tellers, making them his by his abilities as a writer. However his reputation would be mauled in the modern world of instant web checks; Cervantes is a good story teller and The Dialogue of the Dogs is good reading.Comment Comment | Permalink

  • Ed Erwin
    2019-05-16 04:13

    Let's face it: I'll never get around to reading Don Quixote, even though it sounds like something I'd enjoy.Thankfully, Hesperus Press has taken on the task of publishing and bringing attention to shorter works by great authors, so that people can get a taste of some of the classic author's styles without having to commit to long works. They try to keep these books to about 100 pages each, though I've noticed that they take liberties with font size to stick to that limit. This one has a smallish font.It is often claimed that Don Quixote has a pretty "modern" feel to it. The same was claimed about this story. While it does use some "post-modern" techniques, like unreliable narrators, multiple levels of story within a story, and frequent interruption of the narrative, it still feels very old fashioned to me and barely held my attention.PS: There is an interesting short film by Raul Ruiz with _almost_ the same title, "Colloque DE Chiens" instead of "Collque DES Chiens". I can't find any information on whether the works are supposed to be related. Certainly the story in the film is totally different. But it is perhaps linked in the fact that it is sort-of a meta-story where you can't trust the narrator. (The visuals and the narration contradict each other at times.)

  • Antonio Papadourakis
    2019-04-23 09:15

    Τίποτε το σπουδαίο όταν το διαβάζεις 5 αιώνες μετά την συγγραφή του."Γι' αυτό και σκοτώνονται πολύ συχνότερα οι άνθρωποι που εμπιστεύονται τους άλλους, παρά εκείνοι που είναι συνεχώς στην τσίτα. Μα το κακό είναι, πως δεν μπορούν οι άνθρωποι να ζήσουν καλά σ'αυτόν τον κόσμο άμα δεν έχουν πίστη κι εμπιστοσύνη ο ένας στον άλλον. ""Ξέρεις ότι η ταπεινοφροσύνη είναι η βάση και το θεμέλιο όλων των αρετών, κι ότι μπροστά σ' αυτήν οι άλλες δεν αξίζουν τίποτα.""Δεν ξέρω τι έχει η αρετή, αλλά πρέπει να είναι κάτι πολύ ξεχωριστό.""Γιατί όταν η κακογλωσσιά θέλει να καλύψει και να κρύψει την αχαλίνωτη κακία της, ο κακόγλωσσος ισχυρίζεται, ότι όλα αυτά που λέει, είναι τάχα φιλοσοφικά αποφθέγματα.""...και τις ηδονές περισσότερο τις απολαμβάνουμε στη φαντασία μας παρά στην πραγματικότητα, ανκαι με τις αληθινές χαρές πρέπει να συμβαίνει ακριβώς το αντίθετο."

  • Bryn
    2019-05-10 01:58

    A brilliant read! This is Cervantes at his most eminent. A must read for devotees of Cervantes, which I hasten to add, I count myself amongst. This novella, through the dialogue between two dogs, is the basis for Cervantes narrative. To which he uses full advantage of in exposing the corruptness of society. Moralistic, political, funny, wise and meta-physical, Cervantes’s sophisticated commentary is as relevant in today’s socio-political climate as it was in his day. In summary, this novella has substituted Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, arguably two of the most recognised characters within literature, replacing them with two dogs, namely Berganza (Don Quixote) and Scipio (Sancho Panza). Absolute genius, if you own a dog... beware what you talk about!

  • Jimin Lee
    2019-05-21 06:04

    It was also meh.. Read for CLit30B

  • Jason
    2019-04-24 06:58

    I have amassed over time plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that I am far from alone in having found actually discovering Cervantes be actually reading Cervantes monumentally revelatory. I think most of us assume we are in store for some stodgy, leaden writing rife w/ the dust of antiquity. When I was a kid, my older cousin would threaten to read to us from old books my parents kept and had never read, DON QUIXOTE foremost among them, and we would plead w/ him emphatically to abstain from so doing. But most of us, when we finally get to it, are pleased beyond measure to find that DON QUIXOTE is a madly alive, compulsively readable, and consummately entertaining revel. If modern literature began there (as did postmodern literature, as many a wag has rightly averred), then a daunting gauntlet had been thrown down at the outset. Which brings us to THE DIALOGUE OF THE DOGS. The same Cervantes is in ample evidence here. Funny, wild, sly in his subversion, bravely impious, blithely censuring. It is a story about a dialogue heard between two dogs (and recounted) by a man convalescing from a syphilitic fever precipitated by hastily coupling w/ a duplicitous wife. So this is a bawdy and farcical proposition, basically. It doesn't feel like a rigid, approved "classic." It feels like a delicious and brilliant piss-take; an affront to the self-serious reader, lest he happen upon its pages. David Kipen's translation seems to find ways to slip in contemporary idioms and slang which I assume are only tangentially faithful to the original phraseologies, further distancing the text from any obvious association w/ the classical. It is testament to the verve of the text and the breadth of its influence, that THE DIALOGUE OF THE DOGS comes off, in 2017, as though it could have been written last week. A divine little work, from the first of the modern greats.

  • Mara Jimenez
    2019-04-21 06:17

    La obra comienza con un personaje llamado Peralta leyendo un libro que es escrito por Campuzano en el que se relata una conversación entre dos perros llamados Cipión y Berganza. Los perros se aseguran de que nadie los escuchará y es ahí que Cipión le pide a Berganza que le contará su historia, que con gusto lo escucharía.Berganza comienza contándole que nació en Sevilla, en un Matadero que está fuera de la puerta de la Carne. Ahí, su primer amo fue un matarife quien le enseñó a morder las orejas de los toros. Berganza hace una descripción detallada de el modo con el que los jíferos o matadores de reses también se matan entre ellos con la misma facilidad con la que matan a una vaca. En cierta ocasión una joven muy bella le roba la carne que lleva a la criada de su amo. El amo al darse cuenta de esto saca su cuchillo para atacar a Berganza quien al ver esto y sentirse amenazado en su integridad decide huir de ese amo tan malo. Luego de vagar por un tiempo decide hacerse perro ovejero y se une a un grupo de pastores, ahí la vida es un poco mejor y a veces tiene tiempo de tomarse siestas. Tenía como función principal cuidar que las ovejas no fueran atacadas por el lobo. A pesar de sus esfuerzos Berganza nunca logra encontrar al lobo con lo cual constantemente es castigado ya que el rebaño va disminuyendo poco a poco. Un día descubre que son los mismos pastores quienes atacan a las ovejas. Visto esto decide cambiar de dueño así que se dirige a las ciudad de Sevilla donde conoce a su nuevo amo, que es un mercader. Sin embargo, debe marcharse al estar amenazado por una criada del rico mercader.Luego conoce a su próximo dueño quien es un alguacil, que resulta ser como su mejor amigo pero no se siento cómodo lo cual decide irse nuevamente.Berganza sigue con sus andanzas hasta la ciudad de Mairena donde había unos soldados que iban a embarcar a Cartagena, ahí había cuatro amigos de su antiguo amo que al reconocerlo lo llamaron por lo que este decide acompañarlos. Ahí su amo le enseñó a bailar y a hacer más cosas, por lo que lo llamaron "perro sabio". Así, su nuevo dueño lo llevó de un lado para otro haciendo espectáculos como saltar sobre un aro lo cual le dio buenos ingreso.Luego de un tiempo llega a un campamento habitado por gitanos cerca de Granada, pero decide irse ya que tiene miedo de que se aprovechen de su condición animal. y se va con hortelano morisco quien no lo alimenta, que resulta ser una buena excusa para marcharse y encontrarse con un poeta que escribe entremeses y figuras mudas, pero este amo es herido en un entremés en la ciudad de Valladolid.El último trabajo que tuvo fue con Mahúdes, que es donde se da este coloquio a las puertas del Hospital.Esta novela no me llamó mucho la atención, no es de mi agrado y tenía palabras muy explicitas. Lo que si llego a movilizarme un poco fue el maltrato hacía el perro, es algo que las personas no tenemos derecho a realizar.

  • Florencia
    2019-04-21 03:08

    El tema de esta novela,es que gira en torno de la conversación de dos perros llamados, Berganza y Cipión; ellos se relatan historias que tienen que ver con sus vidas y en ellas hablan acerca de la vida, la sociedad, y sobre lo malo del ser humano.Comienza con la narración del personaje llamado Peralta que lee el libro en donde otro personaje llamado Campuzano escribió una conversación entre los dos perros que mencioné anteriormente. Es así que Cipión le pide por favor que Berganza cuente su historia que con gusto lo escucharía y si es necesario escucharlo toda la noche lo haría, es por eso que entre la charla de estos comienzan a contar de sus experiencias de vida desde que recuerdan hasta el momento; el primero en comenzar es Berganza contando que cree haber nacido en la ciudad de Sevilla lo cual sospecha que pudo haber sido en un matadero en donde recuerda a su primer amo, quien lo maltrataba y por eso decidió escaparse e irse a vivir a con unos pastores en un campo en el cual cumplía el rol de cuidador del rebaño, que tampoco resultó bueno ya que no pudo arreglárselas bien con el lobo; así que vuelve nuevamente a la cuidad de Sevilla donde conoce a su nuevo amo, que es mercader, quien resulto ser buen amo, pero tampoco como esperaba por eso nuevamente decidió irse. Luego conoce a su próximo dueño quien es un alguacil, que resulta ser como su mejor amigo pero no se siento cómodo lo cual decide irse nuevamente, entonces se une a los soldados en la ciudad de Mairena de Alcor en donde aprende muchas cosas. Luego de un tiempo llega a un campamento habitado por gitanos cerca de Granada, pero lo asusta la idea de que éstos intenten aprovecharse de su condición animal, ahora que había aprendido mucho con la compañía de soldados, motivo por el cual decide irse nuevamente, y se va con hortelano morisco quien no lo alimenta, que resulta ser una buena excusa para marcharse y encontrarse con un poeta que escribe entremeses y figuras mudas, pero este amo es herido en un entremés en la ciudad de Valladolid.Pero luego de tantas experiencias de vida, cosas buenas y malas que fue viendo a lo largo de su vida decidió finalmente entrar al Hospital de la Resurrección al servicio de Mahudes. Para mi opinión sobre esta novela es que no es uno de los temas que mas me gusta, ya que la forma de expresarse no es lo que suelo leer. Basándome mas en la novela, podría decir que yo soy muy amante de los animales y que viendo el punto en el cual se forma la conversación entre los perros, podríamos decir que los humanos somos muy egoístas con ellos, no en todos los casos, ya que como cuentan ellos que pasaron por muchos dueños en el cual siempre se terminaron alejando por algún motivo.

  • Maan Kawas
    2019-04-26 07:06

    A beautiful picaresque novella by Cervantes, which criticizes humans through two talking dogs! I loved the way the story was told, and I loved the variety of adventures included in it. The novella is centered on criticizing humans’ triviality and behaviors (e.g. hypocrisy, double-life, cheating, illegal and/or extramarital sexual relationships, etc..). The novella is didactic somehow, and addresses various ideas and points, such as social relationships, hypocrisy, education, witchcraft, and good vs. evil deeds. Moreover, it shows that humans have the privilege of talking and reasoning, which make them superior; nevertheless, their society is full of faults and bad conducts and acts.

  • Cristina Berná
    2019-05-06 03:10

    A pesar de que sé que para muchos en su obra favorita a mí no me gustó en absoluto.Esta loca historia de dos perros que de la noche a la mañana empiezan a hablar porque una malvada bruja (que raro siempre es la misma eh) los convirtió en animales al nacer se me hizo larga y pesada como una vaca en brazos.Las historias no tenían nada que me intrigara sobre los amos de Berganza y sus críticas eran más divagaciones que algo con fundamento y claro.

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2019-05-10 08:21

    As the dogs share their experiences and opinions about the masters they've had during their life, so does Cervantes takes the opportunity to satirize people from all walks of society. This was a pleasant read mostly due to the writing style and also because the author plays with the possibility that the dogs are men under a witch's curse, but the some stereotypes (gypsies, jews etc) are not really pleasant to hear.

  • Γιώργος
    2019-04-22 01:23

    The book was written 400 years ago (in the conquistador era) and it shows. I found it boring and uninteresting, especially certain parts of the story (e.g. the witch story). It's also full of stereotypes. It's scrutinizing social and religious issues that since then have been well addressed (at least in certain parts of the world).

  • Jessica
    2019-04-21 02:08

    Substances were abused in the writing of this novella. I was excited prepared for talking dogs, but these really...talked. Cervantes tweaked the picaresque, I suppose, with his dual protagonists (who happen to be dogs, by the way). I was interested in the levels of narration, though, and the impressive balance between slapstick and sobriety.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-27 06:56

    Very funny short piece about a dog narrating his life story with commentary by another dog with a framing narrative about a soldier who overheard them while getting the sweating treatment for syphilis.Translation was good overall except a few oddities like "talking trash".

  • Suzanna Gibbs
    2019-05-12 08:03

    I read this book for my Fiction class as a junior in college. We analyzed the pros and cons of having animal characters, how the "framing" of the story impacts the reader's understanding, and how telling the story as a dialogue versus narrative form effects time and the reading process.

  • Ivano Porpora
    2019-05-20 05:58

    Gran libro. Pulizia di scrittura, richiami al picaresco; la seconda parte è anche migliore.

  • Stella
    2019-04-21 04:23

    A great old poet once said that, in this world, it's hard not to write satire.

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  • Evan
    2019-05-03 05:16

    That witch will always be in somewhere in my imagination from now on.

  • Chan Jesus
    2019-04-26 01:10

    Lectura rápida

  • Marwa
    2019-05-01 01:59

    It's an entertaining and excellently executed read where Cervantes satirises humanity and society. I read this on the plane, its short and easy read.