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(adjective) of or relating to rogues or rascals / (adjective) of, relating to, suggesting, or being a type of fiction dealing with the episodic adventures of a usually roguish protagonist / (noun) one that is picaresque

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his adult exile from Germany into picaresque vagabondage and tragic death on the run from the Nazis aged forty-eight in 1940

Benjamin, of course :(

—p.15 Part I: 1900-1920 (13) by Stuart Jeffries
6 years, 5 months ago

The anonymous Spanish work Lazarillo de Tormes (1554), the first picaresque novel, began an enthusiasm that spread to other countries, but the masterpiece of the form is Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

—p.172 Places and Place Names (172) by Jerome Stern
2 months ago

a picaresque exploration

—p.43 by Benjamin Noys
6 years, 2 months ago

I tried to find some harmony between the adventurous, picaresque inner rhythm that prompted me to write and the frantic spectacle of the world, sometimes dramatic and sometimes grotesque.

—p.4 Lightness (3) by Italo Calvino
1 month, 3 weeks ago

emerges instead as a surreal picaresque

—p.95 I’m Not Feeling Good at All (86) by The Baffler
3 years, 9 months ago

Ortega y Gasset proclaimed the exhaustion of the picaresque novel since all of the options for plot lines had been used up

—p.102 Three Axioms for Projecting a Line (or Why It Will Continue to Be Hard to Write a Title sans Slashes or Parentheses) (100) by Steve Tomasula
6 years, 5 months ago

After a while, Doyle comes, reluctantly, to accept his Fate — which in literarygeneric terms is to be propelled, by means of SF, into the nineteenth-century picaresque

—p.41 The Weird (14) by Mark Fisher
4 years, 3 months ago

blending between the medieval romance and the early picaresque novel

—p.425 Cormac McCarthy's Trilogy; or, The Puritan Conscience and the Mexican Dark (421) by Robert Hass
4 years, 2 months ago