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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Obabakoak Tammi Publishers Suomi – Obaba is peopled with innocents and intellectuals, shepherds and schoolchildren, while everyone from obabakok lovelorn schoolmistress to a cultured but self-hating dwarf wanders across the page.

In the realm of Obaba. He felt the only reason why he was writing the review was the author’s status and fame.

The stories are all set in Obaba, a somewhat magical imaginary region in the Basque country. The philosophical aspect of the novel made it stand out, and this is probably the reason why these two critics said the novel was not just for young people, but that readers of all ages ought to read it.

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Oficyna Literacka Polska – Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. In Germany, critics described the novel as “a jewel” cf. In Ugarte’s opinion “Memoirs of a Basque Cow” did not contain the evocative power of parables. Showing of 5 reviews. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. bernarso

Share your thoughts with other customers. Graywolf Press March 2, Language: Stories from a Village. While Obaba does play some role, the tales are far more widerangingin time, subject and placethe Amazon, Hamburg, 9th century France, Baghdad, the Himalayas, some mythical Chinese cit, plagiarism, sex changes, murder, and escape.


A unique and stunning international literary event: Obabakoak Christian Bourgois Editeur France – An unforgettable work from an international literary giant, whom The Observer London listed among the top twenty-one writers of the twenty-first century. Atxaga also spins tales of a German painter driven oabakoak by guilt over his romance with an Arab woman; of an Irish woman in search of her doctor husband who is missing in the Amazon jungle; and of a rescue mission on a Swiss mountain bernarco expedition in Benardo that turns to murder.

Most of the international reviews that I analyzed started by listing Atxaga’s different works, then gave details of the plot of Behi euskaldun baten memoriak and finally praised the book’s originality. The critic Markuleta wrote that he expected something else, and atxags he was disappointed by the book.

The novel may fascinate you for some hours, but in the end, you may find yourself puzzled. Poems by Dobby Gibson.

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. The work of an original voice and a considerable talent: Be the first to discover new talent!

A magnificent work atxagz universal scope.

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The international reception of Bernardo Atxaga’s works

Ugarte concluded his review by criticizing what he saw as the excessively positive reception of Atxaga’s work abroad, which he put down to the fact that foreign critics were blinded by the exoticism of a work written in Basque.

A schoolboy’s mining engineer father tricks him into growing up, an unfortunate environmentalist rescues deceptively harmless lizards, and a rescue mission on bermardo Swiss mountain climbing expedition in Nepal turns into murder.

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Gernika Muskerraren bidea Narp. Other noteworthy aspects that international critics remarked upon were the book’s stylistic and structural peculiarities, the influence of oral tradition cf.

Obabakoak Demetra Hrvatska – Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Aribil highlighted the book’s poetry and tenderness. Thus in his review Ugarte attempted to move beyond the limits of a simple commentary on a particular book and put forward several extra-literary reasons which, in his view, explained Atxaga’s success.

Pick a Theme Oct 09, Buy the selected items together This item: See all 6 reviews. Here Hopkin is referring to the effect of the sparseness of the prose, which invites the perception that what is being suggested, what is left “outside” the text, is more important than what is left in.

The book received many very good reviews, of which I would highlight the following: Diane – Trekker