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Picaro (stress on the first syllable) is a term from Spanish and means something like " rascal " or " crook ". In the 17th century, the Spanish word pícaro was also translated with Landstörzer (there was also the spelling Landstörtzer ), whereby a Landstörzer corresponds more to a tramp .

A whole genre of novels, the novela picaresca , revolves around the figure of the pícaro in Spanish literature , which has offshoots in other European countries. In German, the terms picarro-novel or picaresque novel became common, although it should be noted that the word rogue was previously understood as pícaro in a negative sense.

Individual evidence

  1. Duden online: Picaro
  2. ^ Duden online: Landstörzer
  3. Volker Meid: Subject Dictionary for German Literature , Reclam, Stuttgart 1999, keyword picarro novel .