Three Exemplary Novels

Three Exemplary Novels

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Philosopher, essayist, dramatist, poet, novelist, Unamuno was an impassioned and unorthodox thinker whose novels foreshadow the works of Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Carlos Fuentes. Elegantly simple in language, these novels probe the elemental forces of human personality: In Two Mothers, the demonic will of a woman runs amok in a whirlwind of maternal power, and in The Marquis of Lumbria, another unforgettable heroine steers a violent course through the dense sea of tradition. By contrast, Nothing Less Than a Man, Unamuno's most forceful piece of writing, focuses on a truly Nietzchean hero, a man who embodies human will deprived of spiritual strength.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [1997], c1930
ISBN: 9780802151537
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: 3 exemplary novels


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May 25, 2015

"If it is nothingness that awaits us, let us make an injustice of it; let us fight against destiny, even though without hope or victory; let us fight against it quixotically."
Miguel de Unamuno was a Spanish writer and professor born in the Basque country who wrote novels, essays, poetry, plays, and philosophical pieces. Although not very well known outside of Spain, he's arguably Spain's greatest modernist writer. These three short novels (the title is a play on Cervantes) are among his most famous books, but you should also check out "The Tragic Sense of Life." Unamuno died in 1936, just as the Spanish Civil War was tearing the country apart.


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