Sab (novel)

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Sab
Author Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda
Country Cuba
Language Spanish
Publication date
1841

Sab is a novel written by Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda in 1841 and published in Madrid. In the story, Sab, a mulato slave—who is in love with Carlota, the white daughter of his master—is the main character. The pain and struggle of his secret passion for Carlota leads Sab to his own death, which occurs in the same hour as Carlota's wedding with Enrique Otway. The novel was first published in Cuba in 1914.

Sab is regarded by some scholars as an antislavery novel, and some have also suggested that it criticizes the institution of marriage.[citation needed] The novel was written a decade before Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. The publishing of Sab, in effect, was a turning point in being a precursor to the antislavery movements.[citation needed]Thus, the novel was not freely published in Cuba until 1914.

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