The Song of the Cid
Cantar De Mío Cid, A Dual-language Edition With Parallel TextPaperback - 2009
'With a wonderfully informative introduction by Maria Rosa Menocal, this welcome translation by Burton Raffel gives us a Song of the Cid that retains the excitement and fast paced of the original.' - Edith Grossman
Venture into the heart of eleventh-century Spain, a country of warring Christian and Muslim polities, in this vibrant, translation of The Song of the Cid. Banished from the court of King Alfonso, the noble warrior Rodrigo Diaz-known as the Cid-sets out from Castile to restore his good name. In a series of battles, he earns wealth and honor for his men and his king, as well as fame and admiration for himself. But it is in rescuing his daughters from their ill-suited marriages that the Cid faces the ultimate challenge to the medieval heroic ideal.
'In the spirit of Robert Fagles' renditions of Homer, Burton Raffel makes a rich oral tradition immediate to us again. The original text made available alongside the Engish turns this edition into a feast.'
- Ilan Stavans, author of Spanglish- The Making of a New American Language
Introduction and Notes by MARIA ROSA MENOCAL