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Niebla (Biblioteca Juvenil) (Spanish Edition) (original 1914; edition 2007)

by Miguel de Unamuno

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Fog is a fresh new translation of the Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno's Niebla, first published in 1914. An early example of modernism's challenge to the conventions of nineteenth-century realist fiction, Fog shocked critics but delighted readers with its formal experimentation and existential themes. This revolutionary novel anticipates the work of Sartre, Borges, Pirandello, Nabokov, Calvino, and Vonnegut.The novel's central character, Augusto, is a pampered, aimless young man who falls in love with Eugenia, a woman he randomly spots on the street. Augusto's absurd infatuation offers an irresistible target for the philosophical ruminations of Unamuno's characters, including Eugenia's guardian aunt and "theoretical anarchist" uncle, Augusto's comical servants, and his best friend, Victor, an aspiring writer who introduces him to a new, groundbreaking type of fiction. In a desperate moment, Augusto consults his creator about his fate, arguing with Unamuno about what it means to be "real." Even Augusto's dog, Orfeo, offers his canine point of view, reflecting on the meaning of life and delivering his master's funeral oration.Fog is a comedy, a tragic love story, a work of metafiction, and a novel of ideas. After more than a century, Unamuno's classic novel still moves us, makes us laugh, and invites us to question our assumptions about literature, relationships, and mortality.… (more)
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Title:Niebla (Biblioteca Juvenil) (Spanish Edition)
Authors:Miguel de Unamuno
Info:Editorial Lectorum (2007), Edition: Tercera reimpresion, Paperback, 231 pages
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Mist by Miguel de Unamuno (1914)

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No novela, sino nivola, magnífica, que se adentra en lo experimental con resultados asombrosos. El protagonista de la novela, Augusto Pérez, se enfrenta al autor, físicamente, yendo al despacho que éste (Unamuno) tiene, por no estar contento con el destino que le ha hecho correr. Asimismo, el libro da una idea de la visión que Unamuno tenía de Dios: podía llegar a nuestras vidas en el momento que deseara, a la página que Él quisiera, y reescribir el futuro, que para nosotros era inevitable recorrer. Fantástica. ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
Unamuno's Fog (Niebla) was a sensation when it was first published in 1913. The kind of metafictional games the narrative plays seem old hat now, but the novel is still a lot of fun. How does any of us know we're not a fictional character in someone else's imagination? ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 4, 2020 |
Esta debe ser la segunda vez que leo Niebla. La primera vez que lo leí fue por encargo de un profesor en la universidad, hace ya casi tres años, y fue uno de mis libros favoritos por mucho tiempo. Ahora, con esta segunda leída, ya no me gustó tanto como entonces (tal vez ya no tengo esos ojos nuevos de antes), pero sigue fascinándome. Bastante justo para Unamuno el título de representante mayor de la generación del 98. ( )
  LeoOrozco | Feb 26, 2019 |
Según el propio autor nos hace saber en el prólogo de la obra, y con constantes referencia a lo largo del texto, 'Niebla' no se trata de una novela, si no de una "nívola", pues se desarrolla con pequeñas grandes diferencias que la hacen diferente, alejada, a todo lo demás.

Niebla fue escrita en el año 1907 y publicada siete años más tarde, en el año del estallido de la Primera Guerra Mundial. Enfrascada en lo que parece una historia común, se nos presenta Augusto, un hombre que sufre la soledad a raíz de la muerte de su madre, que no tiene esposa y que vive con la única compañía de un matrimonio que le sirve en el hogar. Nuestro protagonista, a través de sendos monólogos interiores y diálogos densos con otros amigos o , llevaba a cabo un estudio de sí mismo, de la mujer y de la vida (no-vida, no-existencia) que empieza a torturarlo cuando se plantea si es real o se trata de algo mucho más allá.

La filosofía empapaba cada una de sus páginas, empezando por el título y terminado por un epílogo que muy hábilmente elige el autor para cerrar esta obra maestra de la literatura española. El amor tortura a Augusto, que se enamora de Eugenia, una mujer transgresora, diferente y apática. Sin embargo, en lo que él determina como el conocimiento de la 'MUJER', que se trata de una sola alma representada en todas las mujeres, empieza a despertar sentimiento amorosos por Rosario, la muchacha que le plancha la ropa y Livduvina, su criada. Esa suerte de sentimientos, rocambolescos y desorbitados, hacen que la calmada rutina de Augusto se rompa drásticamente.

Pero lo más destacable de esta nívola, es la aparición como personaje del propio escritor, Miguel de Unamuno, para dialogar directamente con el protagonista acerca de su situación personal y su propia existencia. Esta rotura, radical, de la cordura literaria, hacen que 'Niebla' sea una obra completamente imprescindible, de una originalidad desbordante y de una calidad propia de un grande escritor de nuestra literatura.



"Esto es la niebla, esto es la nivola, esto es la leyenda, esto es la historia, la vida eterna."
Miguel de Unamuno, Salamanca, Febrero 1935 ( )
  MiriamBeizana | Dec 3, 2018 |
In his introduction to this English edition of Miguel de Unamuno’s Niebla (“Mist” or, as in Elena Barcia’s new translation – “Fog”), Alberto Manguel makes a bold claim for the novel. Critics, he tells us, have almost unanimously placed it amongst the great Modernist texts, next to Virginia Woolf’s The Waves and Pirandello’s Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore. Except that Unamuno’s novel precedes them both, having been published in 1914 and commenced years before.

Now I have a confession to make. Although a fan of Italian literature, I have never read Luigi Pirandello, mainly because I have always been afraid that my tastes are too traditional to appreciate this experimental master. As for The Waves – I did read the novel over twenty years ago, but that was only because it was lent to me by a girl I fancied. And if the rocker Meat Loaf sang that he “would do anything for Love”, I guessed that having a go at Woolf was no big deal. Alas, The Waves washed over me without leaving any long-lasting ripples and I’ve never felt any inclination to tackle Woolf since then. It was therefore with some trepidation that I approached Unamuno’s book. I needn’t have worried, as the novel turned out to be really fun to read. And by “fun” I do not simply mean that it is “interesting” and “intellectually satisfying” (although it is that is well) but it is also seriously entertaining.

As in any self-respecting Modernist novel, the plot is secondary, if not inexistent. Bored bachelor Augusto Pérez has lost his doting mother who, before passing on, insists that he find himself a wife. It takes the gaze of piano-teacher Eugenia to finally awake Augusto’s passions. There is a problem though - the wilful Eugenia is not particularly drawn to Augusto. Apart from the fact that she already has a fiancé. Moreover, thanks to Eugenia, Augusto’s eyes are finally open to the charms of women in general, and the ones who surround him in particular. Meaning that he is soon embroiled in a nascent affair with the earthier Rosario, the young woman who does his laundry. In between Augusto’s hapless attempts at lovemaking, he indulges in philosophical discussions and meta-fictional discourses with the other characters, which culminate in a showdown with the Author himself. Add a prologue purportedly written by one of Unamuno’s fictional characters, a “postprologue” by the author, and an epilogue by Augusto’s dog, and you have the makings of a Modernist text, a work which challenges preconceptions about the role of the author, his characters and his readers.

What is surprising is that even at his most abstruse, Unamuno retains a light and comic touch. Indeed, when not exploding novelistic conventions to smithereens, he indulges in a type of comedy which reminds me of early Evelyn Waugh. I particularly enjoyed the scenes involving Eugenia’s uncle - a self-declared “theoretical, mystical anarchist” who believes that Esperanto will bring about world peace.

I sincerely hope that Elena Barcia’s translation will bring this novel to the attention of a wider English-speaking (and reading) public. It deserves to be known not only for its literary-historical merits, but also – and perhaps more importantly – because it is such a great read. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Jul 21, 2017 |
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Cruz, JuanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Al aparecer Augusto a la puerta de su casa extendió el brazo derecho, con la mano palma abajo y abierta, y dirigiendo los ojos al cielo quedóse un momento parado en esta actitud estatuaria y augusta. No era que tomaba posesión del mundo exterior, sino que observaba si llovía.
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Fog is a fresh new translation of the Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno's Niebla, first published in 1914. An early example of modernism's challenge to the conventions of nineteenth-century realist fiction, Fog shocked critics but delighted readers with its formal experimentation and existential themes. This revolutionary novel anticipates the work of Sartre, Borges, Pirandello, Nabokov, Calvino, and Vonnegut.The novel's central character, Augusto, is a pampered, aimless young man who falls in love with Eugenia, a woman he randomly spots on the street. Augusto's absurd infatuation offers an irresistible target for the philosophical ruminations of Unamuno's characters, including Eugenia's guardian aunt and "theoretical anarchist" uncle, Augusto's comical servants, and his best friend, Victor, an aspiring writer who introduces him to a new, groundbreaking type of fiction. In a desperate moment, Augusto consults his creator about his fate, arguing with Unamuno about what it means to be "real." Even Augusto's dog, Orfeo, offers his canine point of view, reflecting on the meaning of life and delivering his master's funeral oration.Fog is a comedy, a tragic love story, a work of metafiction, and a novel of ideas. After more than a century, Unamuno's classic novel still moves us, makes us laugh, and invites us to question our assumptions about literature, relationships, and mortality.

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