Book: Saint Manuel, Martyr by Marciano Guerrerocategories: Book, Unamuno, Spanish Philosophy, Religious Fiction, Generation of 98, Miguel De Unamuno, Saint Manuel Martyr
Marciano Guerreroabout this book: Saint Manuel, Martyr explores deep religious and philosophical paradoxes that question the meaning of life and death. On the one hand, we have the life of the learned, of the intellectual, of the thinking man; on the other, we have the lives of the common people—the followers. The profound question that Unamuno poses in this novelette, is: is there a moral justification for a learned individual to deceive the ordinary man? In sum, the novel portrays a simple man --a priest-- without faith, who in his solitude, loneliness, and suffering sees that faith is merely an illusion, a dream that the common man dreams to fend off the terrible truth that —in this world— only man's brotherhood and nature counts—that there's no otherworldly eternity. The priest's life, then, is a deliberate fraud to console his parishioners. Although this may be a brief book, it is long in the riddles of life. Read it, and see if you can decipher such deep conundrums, as Unamuno poses.
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