At the age of 12 Guzmán leaves Seville and sets out on a long journey which, after a number of misadventures, takes him to Madrid, Genoa and Rome, before he returns to his home town. The young boy first lives the life of a rascal and learns to beg, but later he will also become a pageboy to a number of important individuals. During his journey Guzmán is often involved in unpleasant situations, but, in the end, he always manages to redeem himself.
El género picaresco en Europa
Las digresiones en el Guzmán de Alfarache