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picaresque

of or relating to a type of fiction in which the hero, a rogue, goes through a series of episodic adventures. It originated in Spain in the 16th century
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The picaresque novel in Spain declined after the mid-17th century; the last of the Spanish series is usually given as Periquillo el de las gallineras (1668).
As is sometimes the case in twentieth-century picaresque novels, Assault pronounces no severe judgment on its likable protagonist.
The work helped to popularize the picaresque novel, which was already widespread in Spain, though the work's happy ending, in which the hero achieves wealth and respectability, gave a new twist to the picaresque tradition.
One of the earliest and most popular picaresque novels, it is a lengthy and pessimistic saga influenced by Roman Catholic theology.
The work is a kind of picaresque novel, a hilarious but also a probing account of the goings-on in a family of four; the family is a close one, moreover, and it appears that the two older men, Pep and Treppie, and the woman Mol are in reality brothers and sister.
In 1928 they published Dvenadtsat stulyev (The Twelve Chairs), a rollicking picaresque novel of farcical adventures within a framework of telling satire on Soviet life during the 1920s.
Published serially in 1854-55 in Putnam's Monthly Magazine and in 1855 in book form, this short picaresque novel was based on a historical Israel Potter, whose autobiographical narrative Melville had read.
Considering the sofa's first-person narration together with the variety of ambiences and amas and amos it has known and served, it would not be an exaggeration to say that this piece is a truly unique offshoot of the picaresque novel.
Prolific French satirical dramatist and author of the classic picaresque novel Gil Blas, which was influential in making the picaresque form a European literary fashion.
The first part of Fungi reads like a picaresque novel, portraying the loveless childhood, deprived youth, and miserable early manhood of Franz Wilhelm, whose mother died in childbirth.
Written from Her Own Memorandums) Picaresque novel by Daniel DEFOE, published in 1722.
Composed of 12 scenes, the work is a chronicle play of the Thirty Years' War and is based on the picaresque novel Simplicissimus (1669) by Hans Jakob Grimmelshausen.