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Abel Sanchez and Other Stories by Miguel de Unamuno

By Miguel de Unamuno

Delve into 3 of Spanish thinker Miguel de Unamuno's so much haunting parables.

This crucial Unamuno reader starts off with the full-length novel Abel Sanchez, a contemporary retelling of the tale of Cain and Abel. additionally integrated are impressive brief tales, The insanity of health care professional Montarco and San Manuel Bueno, Martyr, that includes quixotic, philosophically existential characters faced by means of the uninteresting discomfort of modernity.

Translated through Anthony Kerrigan and with an insightful advent via Mario J. Valdes

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Foxes yelped in the night, and the dogs grew alarmed. It was never peaceful. There was only sweat and sap and an unrelenting pressure in his benumbed brain. 16 Love in the Kasaba Nobody could remember a drought like this one. Many people fell ill. In addition to Milan Glasinčanin, two Turks went mad, and were sent away to Sarajevo. There was no hay or other fodder, and the wheat failed completely. The cows and goats stopped giving milk; people were already worrying about food for the winter. It was not till right at the end of the summer that the heat broke.

They kissed for a long time through the enclosure, and the crimson impression of the slats remained on their faces. Finally, on the third night, Ledenik leapt over the high fence. As he was 7 Ivo Andrić climbing up, she was still protesting and calling out fearfully, but ever more feebly: “No, no, no…” When he landed in the soft flower bed next to her, from on high like that, she swooned and lost herself in his embrace. And again the next night: Ledenik dropped from the fence, and wide-open arms interlocked.

In “Torso,” the narrator retells what he heard from Fra Petar, who in turn had heard the story from Hafiz Čelebi’s servant, who could not have witnessed the events in Syria himself, but must have learnt about them from someone else’s story. Fra Petar is Andrić’s archetypal storyteller; old and ill, lying on his deathbed: (…) Fra Petar was still able to tell long and beautiful stories, but only if he could find listeners whom he liked. No one could say what the beauty of his stories consisted of exactly.

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