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El laberinto

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For the Colombian television series, see El laberinto (television series)El Laberinto (Spanish for "The Labyrinth") is a 1974 novel by the Argentine writer Manuel Mujica Laínez. It purports to tell the story of Ginés de Silva, the boy shown holding a torch in the lower left-hand corner of El Greco's 1586 painting The Burial of Count Orgaz. This picaresque Bildungsroman presents, a rich and highly amusing series of pictures from the boy's Seville childhood in the 1570s to the old man's death in early colonial Argentina in the 1650s. Thus it connects, somehow, its author's Renaissance-preoccupied novels (Bomarzo and El unicornio) with which it forms a kind of trilogy, with Mujica Laínez' Buenos Aires cycle. As usual with Manuel Mujica Laínez, the main love-story in this novel involves a same-sex relationship.
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original title: El laberinto
language: Spanish
date of publication: 1974
genre: historical novel
main subject: picaresque novel

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