The Secret Dream World of Ángela Carballino in Unamuno's San Manuel Bueno, mártir

Ali Shehzad Zaidi


Critics have long held that Miguel de Unamuno’s San Manuel Bueno, mártir concerns a village priest, Manuel Bueno, who suppresses his private doubts in order to preserve the happiness and simple faith of his parishioners. Notwithstanding critical tradition, a close look at the novella reveals that Manuel belongs to the secret dream world of its first-person narrator, Ángela Carballino. This paper peers into the hidden world of a protagonist who becomes a mother through her dreams.


Miguel de Unamuno; San Manuel Bueno, mártir; oneiric; water imagery; mountain symbol

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