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Three Exemplary Novels

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'No Spanish voice was heard during the fifty years of his active intellectual life which could compare with his in the strength of his passion nor in the profound seriousness with which he challenged every complacency...The central idea in all his fiction is the struggle to create faith from doubt and ethics from inner strife.'
Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 18th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1930)
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three exemplary novels, so titled with a nod to cervantes, is miguel de unamuno's best known fiction, but is actually comprised of two novellas and a short dramatic piece. unamuno, novelist, playwright, and poet, was a much regarded philosopher and intellectual in early twentieth century spain. perhaps most well known for his non-fiction work, the tragic sense of life, unamuno wrote prolifically about the struggles between reason and faith. devoted to his pursuits, unamuno even learned danish in...more
Thurston Hunger
In all relationships, the battle of wills carries on, sometimes well concealed, other times made more plain. So it is in these stories from a Spanish writer nearly 100 years ago. I actually cannot trace my footsteps to them, perhaps by way of Borges? Perhaps just luck.

But these stand up decently, if not a bit strident in tone, and an archaic focus on royalty and all of its necessary foibles. The bigger they come...

But the weird flexing of power of brother over brother, of wife over wife, of love...more
Not (in fact) three novels but short stories. Each one dealing with issues of interpersonal power featuring three very different, but all very strong personalities. Most readers will find these stories very odd, and the expressions of the relationships anything but true to life, which is (I believe) Unamuno's point.
claustrophobic & unsettling stories about interpersonal power struggles. the third one seemed more contemporary than the first two in the way it depicted personalities, & i found it particularly engrossing.
Will E
"No Less Than a Man" was the only thing that kept this from two stars. Meh for the other two
Michael Jannicelli
This is a must read for anyone interested in Spain's culture.
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Miguel de Unamuno was born in the medieval centre of Bilbao, Basque Country, the son of Félix de Unamuno and Salomé Jugo. As a young man, he was interested in the Basque language, and competed for a teaching position in the Instituto de Bilbao, against Sabino Arana. The contest was finally won by the Basque scholar Resurrección María de Azcue.

Unamuno worked in all major genres: the essay, the nove...more
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