Marta y María

by Armando Palacio Valdés

In Marta y María a fair young girl is seen endeavoring to conform in the midst of modern life to the ascetic ideals of the mediaeval saints, even to the point of wearing haircloth and beating her tender shoulders with a scourge.Tengo la presunción de creer, por lo tanto, que aunque Marta y María no sea una novela bella, es una novela realista. Sé que el realismo--actualmente llamado naturalismo--tiene muchos adeptos inconscientes, quienes suponen que sólo existe la verdad en los hechos vulgares de la existencia y que sólo estos son los que deben ser traducidos al arte. Por fortuna no es así. Fuera de los mercados, los desvanes y las alcantarillas existe también la verdad. El mismo apóstol del naturalismo, Emilio Zola, lo reconoce pintando escenas de acabada y sublime poesía, que riñen ciertamente con sus exageradas teorías estéticas.

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