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About the Author: Prosper Mérimée

Prosper Mérimée was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen.
Mérimée loved mysticism, history, and the unusual, and may have been influenced by Charles Nodier (though he did not appreciate his works), the historical fiction popularised by Sir Walter Scott and the cruelty and psychological drama of Aleksandr Pushkin. Many of his stories are mysteries set in foreign places, Spain and Russia being popular sources of inspiration.
In 1834, Mérimée was appointed to the post of inspector-general of historical monuments. He was a born archaeologist, combining linguistic faculty of a very unusual kind with accurate scholarship, with remarkable historical appreciation, and with a sincere love for the arts of design and construction, in the former of which he had some practical skill. In his official capacity he published numerous reports, some of which, with other similar pieces, have been republished in his works.
He was also responsible for several translations of Pushkin and Gogol, when they weren't known in Europe yet.

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, Published in Jan 1970 by Nabu Press

ISBN10: 1147538956 | ISBN13: 9781147538953

Las baladas reunidas en este libro transcurren en los Balcanes cuando aún padecían el yugo del imperio Otomano. La guerra es entonces uno de los temas principales, pero también el amor, los vampiros, el mal de ojo, el parricidio. Merimée, su autor, las publica en 1828 bajo la figura de un autor anónimo y se presenta a sí mismo como “traductor”. Años más tarde, consciente de la mistificación, Pushkin le sigue el juego con sus Canciones de los eslavos occidentales (también incluido en este volumen). Tanto Merimée como Pushkin son dos referentes indiscutidos de la literatura del siglo XIX.

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