What makes him so unusual? He agrees with the statement that religion is the opium of the people, and he feels burdened with his responsibility of being the one who administers this opium. Most of the story is told from the perspective of Angela Carballino, a woman around fifty years old who wants to record the memories of her early years. In her confessional memoir, she reveals that Don Manuel, the great man who had loved helping other people, had lived a life full of spiritual turmoil himself.

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Raised in a religious household and town, a firm believer in the Catholic religion. She lives in a village Valverde de Lucerna, situated between a beautiful lake and a solitary mountain. Her brother Lazaro wants her to be educated in a big city, away from the crude town so she is sent outside of the village to a larger city. Everyone here knows about Don Manuel.

His presence draws her back to her village where she becomes a personal assistant of sort for him. He is all about caring for his people, and they cling to him, and his magnificent voice, as an anchor, especially Blasillo, a mentally disabled man who hangs on his every word, representing the blind faith of the town.

Don Manuel greatly disliked being idle, alone with his own thoughts. He is determined to move his family to a larger and more progressive city. However, when his mother dies, her greatest wish is for him to convert for her, and just before she dies he promises to pray for her.

He eventually decides to convert to Christianity, or at least that is what he tells the town, and enters into the orbit of Don Manuel.

He never misses a mass, and becomes a disciple of sorts to Don Manuel. The day of his baptizing however he confronts Angela with the fact that neither he nor Don Manuel believe in resurrection,and both are unsure as to what happens after death, although Don Manuel claims at times to believe that a person dies completely, he is fairly uncertain and vague at others.

Don Manuel does know that his religion is the consoling of others, and nurturing the belief in an afterlife in his followers brings them consolation, which is why he will never tell them the truth.

Don Manuel is tormented by the possibility, and indeed as he sees it the probability, that there is no life after death, and lives in constant conflict with himself and with the prospect of suicide. He wants Angela to continue praying for all people, and to keep her faith, which she is able to do even though her spiritual advisor can not. Then he is taken to the church where he gives one final sermon, begging that the people continue to live a peaceful and happy life, and continue on with their faith.

Then they begin to pray, and as the reach the point in the Creed that talks about resurrection and life after death, Don Manuel passes, with Blasillo at his side. She writes a testament of the events that occurred in the town then hides them. The preceding chapters we discover are that testament.

She alone knew the truth behind Don Manuel, and she feels the need to capture it in some way, but she is unsure what to do with this truth. Unamuno then becomes the narrator. Angela had given him her story and he chose to publish it. I copy and pasted it but nothing shows up. That's is in Spanish language, so I'm not sure about it will be useful for you. Your Summary was so good! I read some other but yours was easiest to understand!

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San Manuel Bueno, Martyr Summary

Post a Comment Please understand that this weblog runs on a third-party comment system, not on Blogger's comment system. If you have come by way of a mobile device and can see this message, you may have landed on the Blogger comment page, or the third party commenting system has not yet completely loaded; your comments will only be shown on this page and not on the page most people will see, and it is much more likely that your comment will be missed. My translation: Now that the bishop of the diocese of Renada, to which belongs this, my village of Valverde de Lucerna, has begun to promote the cause of beatification of our Don Manuel, or, better, San Manuel Bueno, which is what he was for our parish, I wish to leave here written, as a confession, and only God, not I, knows what its end will be, all that I know and remember of that matriarchal man, who filled all the depths of my soul, who was my true spiritual father, the father of my spirit, of the spirit of me, Angela Carballino. Summary: The picturesque little village of Valverde de Lucerna sits beside a lake that reflects the nearby mountain. Close by is the ruin of an old monastery. According to local legend, there is a medieval town submerged beneath the waters, and if you listen carefully on St. John's Day, you can hear its church bells ringing.


It experiments with changes of narrator as well as minimalism of action and of description, and as such has been described as a nivola , a literary genre invented by Unamuno to describe his work. Its plot centers on the life of a parish priest in a small Spanish village. It was written in a period of two months at the end of along with two other stories, and was included on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. The possibility that they may form a trilogy in three significant parts, or "partos" births as Unamuno suggested in the Prologue to the edition, has only recently been considered. The events of the novel occur in Valverde de Lucerna, a small village located on the edge of an idyllic lake. Legend tells that submerged beneath that lake exists a hidden city. The physical village and the legendary city serve as symbols of the spiritual and the material.

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