Obabakoak is a short story collection by the Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga . The title can be translated as “Individuals and things of Obaba”. The book won. Obabakoak is a shimmering, mercurial novel about life in Obaba, a remote, exotic Basque village. A schoolboy’s mining engineer father tricks him into growing. The British press in particular praised Atxaga, writing that Obabakoak was “an exciting intellectual event” (cf. Pavey) and a “brilliant novel, full of life” (cf.

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The critics mentioned the ztxaga of the prose, the seductiveness of the language, the subtleness of feeling, Atxaga’s ability to evoke images and the novel’s intense structure, like that of a puzzle cf. This loosely structured novel centered on a remote Basque village portrays life as a perilous journey in which chance and free will intervene in equal measures.

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Discover new books on Goodreads. Poems by Catie Rosemurgy. However, it must also be said that the Spanish critics were surprised that the book was originally written in Basque, and their surprise showed their ignorance of Basque literature.

Graywolf Press March 2, Language: Gernika-Mosku Russia – pend. I’m quoting Graywolf Press: The writer and journalist Zabala said he did not consider “Memoirs of a Cow” to be Atxaga’s best work, but that the book deserved to be read.


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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. English Choose a language for shopping. The critic Markuleta wrote that he expected something else, and that he was disappointed by the book. In them the author spoke about the novel’s realist aspects, its intertextual references and stated that his intention had been to write a book that, like Treasure Islandwould be admired by children and adults alike.

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From these critics’ point of view Obabakoak proposed a literary journey from the particular – the Basque Country – to the universal. We may be born in small towns like Obaba with definite character, but when we depart to swim in wider seas, we lose the ability to go back, all the old mysteries of childhood remain just that, though we may try to unravel them from remote distances in time.

Lee Six, Nisula, Grezia, Conradoand the presence of meta-narrative texts. Although Atxaga has been writing professionally for many years, even bernado many readers are surprised to learn of the effects his writing has had outside the Basque frontiers – in places as remote as Japan or Venezuela, for example, where a book entitled La sonrisa de Bernardo Atxaga i was published. Atxaga is intoxicated by literature, by the art of the story.


Bi anai Two Brothersfrench edition, Deux freres. Stories from a Village. It is not the aim of the author atxwga represent the reality of life in the Basque country.

The integration of the beginning and the end make this a more connected group of offbeat stories than one usually sees. To this select group of influential authors, other critics added Borges cf. In a series of self-contained chapters, tales of people in varying degrees of psychological distress unfold–such as that of a troubled boy of 14 who has a vision of an enticing young woman in Hamburg, with whom he begins an intense if brief correspondence only to learn decades later that his father was really the one answering his letters, as a way of giving him guidance.

Obabakoak Libra Universalia Romania – Translation: The renowned magazine Focus included “Memories of a Basque Cow” in its lists of the best seven books for November and December Focus has an advisory panel of 25 critics, and the magazine is highly regarded.

Some Basque writers, such as Iturralde or Juaristipublished articles in which they attempted to fill that knowledge void. Dar Altaliaa Al-Jadidah Syria – See all 6 reviews. Nothing is what it seems, though everything is, as in a dream, quite familiar.