By Miguel de Unamuno

Delve into 3 of Spanish thinker Miguel de Unamuno's such a lot 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 striking brief tales, The insanity of health care professional Montarco and San Manuel Bueno, Martyr, that includes quixotic, philosophically existential characters faced via the uninteresting soreness of modernity.

Translated by means of Anthony Kerrigan and with an insightful advent by way of Mario J. Valdes

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His grey cloak stank, he had been sick with pain. At the thought, he was sick again. "Take it easy, now," a guard was whispering to him. The motionless white and yellow ranks were still crowded there, the faces set, the eyes staring but not at him now. " . . " " The Masters 51 "No. " The voice cracked a little; even in the silence of the courtyard, over only the whisper of the rain, it was hard to hear Mede speak. "He was too stupid. He dared not and could not learn. " The cold blue eyes looked straight at Ganil without pity or appeal.

No man had ever looked right through her, as he was doing now. What was it he saw, when he looked through her? She was wild to know that, to get at his secret, to get at him. In a vague, unquantifiable way he knew this, and was sorry for Lani, and a little afraid of her. She was watching Wanno. "Do they ... " she asked, trying to make conversation. " That ended that. " "Shut? " "Good! A good beginning for the spring, eh? " And he turned back to the model. The Priests of the College had for once been right.

What water were the primal element? How could you prove shut, if — these things? There must be some way some method so that one could be sure, absolutely sure, of one single fact! But each fact led into others, a monstrous tangle, and the Authorities conflicted, and anyway no — one would read his book, not even the wretched pedants Sorbonne. They smelled heresy. What was the use? What good this life spent in poverty and alone, when he had learned nothing, merely guessed and theorized? He strode about the garret, raging, and then stood still.

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