Mist was the first book I have read from Miguel de Unamuno, one of the most famous names brought to the world by Spain. And I think it won’t be the last one cause, Unamuno is fascinating. However, his work, Sis, is not only interesting but also changes to many different subjects. This fiction novel is actually a “novel of ideas”, but it also includes comedy, a tragic love story and colorful characters.

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Miguel de Unamuno cameos

The main protagonist of Mist, Augusto, is a young, unemployed man, but his spirit and his mind are not shallow at all. The story begins with Augusto falling in love with Eugenia (or thinking he was in love). But Augusto has not been in love before. And after talking with his best friend, Victor (a great character!), about love, he feels a lot more confused. Eugenia, on the other hand, is in love with another man whom, unfortunately, doesn’t have enough qualities for her. Eugenia’s mystical anarchist brother-in-law and an old-fashioned aunt also entered the world of Augusto. Oh, and of course Orpheus, that cute dog, the only friend of man! Towards the end of the book, Unamuno cameos, they talk about death with Augusto.

There are dozens of paragraphs in the book that will make you think a lot about life and people. Published in 1914 Mist is one of the first works of modernism. I’m not sure this book is for everyone, but I think you should read this just to meet the writer. Enjoy!

About the book: The Mist

A revolutionary landmark in world literature that introduces the anti-hero/anti-novel, undergirded by philosophy.

A towering figure of political, philosophical, and literary controversy, Miguel de Unamuno was the undisputed intellectual leader of the brilliant Generation of 1898 that ushered in a second golden age of Spanish culture. In the vast and varied body of his work, none conveys his intellectual legacy more effectively than Mist, a monument of the philosophical novel and a masterpiece of modern experimental fiction.

Dispensing with the conventions of action, time and place, and analysis of character, Mist proceeds entirely on the strength of dialogue that reveals the struggles of what Unamuno called his “agonists.” These include Augusto Perez, the pampered son of a recently deceased mother; the deceitful, scheming Eugenia, whom Augusto obsessively idealizes; and Augusto’s dog Orfeo, who gives a funeral oration upon his master’s death. Mist even includes a chapter that explains Unamuno’s theory of the antinovel.

Anticipating later writers such as Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, Unamuno exploited fiction as a vehicle for the exploration of philosophical themes. First published in 1914, Mist exemplified a new kind of novel with which Unamuno aimed to shatter fiction’s conventional illusions of reality. It is an antinovel that treats its fictionality ironically. This historic reissue includes a foreword by Theodore Ziolkowski.

About the author: Miguel de Unamuno

Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo was a Spanish Basque essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, professor of Greek and Classics, and later rector at the University of Salamanca.

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