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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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Felice Picano
I have no idea how to properly review or star this book. It's a classic and was translated by Angel Flores, who taught this book in a course I took at Queens College, City University of New York, half a century ago. We read and discussed the first story, The Marques of Lumbria, in Spanish class and it holds up very well. It is a little different from the others in its restraint. The other two novelas, Two Mothers, and Nothing Less Than a Man, are intense even in English. I hope I offend no one w ...more
Can I give this more than 5 stars? I had never heard of this collection of three short stories or the author before searching for great Spanish literature to prepare for an upcoming trip there. I am certainly thankful that I found it! de Unamuro's stories are tight studies in interpersonal relationships, especially focusing on power dynamics. There is no fluff, no descriptions of anything outside of the main characters' interactions & thoughts. Even the people outside of the main characters ...more
Jul 03, 2009 jeremy rated it really liked it
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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
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Apr 15, 2009 Thurston Hunger rated it liked it
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
Jun 05, 2016 ferhat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Son hikayeyi sevdim ama digerleri vasat.
Jan 11, 2011 Ricky rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 03, 2011 eva rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, book-club-2
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.
the prologue was plain bad.unnecessary.what followed,was simple and brilliant at the same time
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Jan 17, 2016 Will E rated it liked it
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"No Less Than a Man" was the only thing that kept this from two stars. Meh for the other two
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Jul 26, 2010 Michael Jannicelli rated it liked it
This is a must read for anyone interested in Spain's culture.
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I like how interconnected the stories were.
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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
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