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Author Atxaga, Bernardo.

Title Obabakoak / Bernardo Atxaga ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa.

Publication Info. Minneapolis, MN : Graywolf Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  F ATXAGA, B.    Check Shelf
Description ix, 288 pages ; 23 cm
Note Originally published: Great Britain : Hutchinson, 1992.
"... originally written in Basque and published by Editorial Erein in 1988. This English translation is based on the author's own Spanish version, published by Ediciones B in 1989."--Translator's note.
Contents Childhoods. Esteban Werfell -- An exposition of Canon Lizardi's letter -- Post tenebras spero lecum -- If I could, I'd go out for a stroll every night, I : Katharina's statement -- If I could, I'd go out for a stroll every night, II : Marie's statement -- Nine words in honor of the village of Villamediana -- In search of the last word. Young and green -- The rich merchant's servant -- Regarding stories -- Dayoub, the rich merchant's servant -- Mr. Smith -- Maiden name, Laura Sligo -- Finis coronat opus -- In the morning -- Hans Menscher -- How to write a story in five minutes -- Klaus Hanhn -- Margarete and Heinrich, twins -- I, Jean Baptiste Hargous -- How to plagiarize -- The crevasse -- A Rhine wine -- Samuel TellerĂ­a Uribe -- Wei Lie Deshang -- X and Y -- The torch -- By way of an autobiography.
Summary "Obabakoak is a quixotic, gem-like collection about life in Obaba, a remote, exotic Basque village. A schoolboy's mining-engineer father tricks him into growing up, an unfortunate environmentalist rescues deceptively harmless lizards, and a rescue mission on a Swiss mountain-climbing expedition in Nepal turns into murder. Obaba is peopled with innocents and intellectuals, shepherds and school children, while everyone from a lovelorn schoolmistress to a cultured but self-hating dwarf wanders across the page." "A tinge of darkness mingles with moments of wry humor in this dazzling collage of stories, town gossip, diary excerpts, and literary theory, all held together by Bernardo Atxaga's distinctive and tenderly ironic voice. An unforgettable work from an international literary giant, whom the Observer (London) listed among the top twenty-one writers for the twenty-first century."--BOOK JACKET.
Language In English, translated from the Spanish.
Subject Basques -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Humorous fiction.
Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Subject Basques. (OCoLC)fst00828378
Added Author Costa, Margaret Jull.
Added Title Obabakoak. English
ISBN 9781555975517 paperback
1555975518 paperback
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