Usted es el primer escritor en esa lengua en conseguir el premio nacional. Hablo de la lengua vasca. Todo se puso en marcha con las libertades y con la democracia, imperfecta si quiere, pero democracia. El ambiente no era el mismo. No hay acuerdo, dese cuenta, en nada.

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The village is peopled with rascals, innocents, intellectuals, shepherds, hunters, idiots, and creatures of superstition, and the interconnection of their private worlds is brilliantly evoked. Parody, riddles, texts within texts abound in a book that is playful yet always tinged with melancholy. The captain is also a poet whose ambition is to amass a fortune and return to the literary cafes of Paris.

His glamorous wife Christine has a further ambition: to own seven houses in France, a house for every year he has been abroad. The officers spend their days guarding enslaved rubber-tappers and kidnapping young girls, and at their hands the jungle is transformed into a wild circus of human ambition and absurdity.

But everything changes with the arrival of a new officer and brilliant marksman: the enigmatic Chrysostome Liege An anthology of Basque short stories by Mari Jose Olaziregi Book 1 edition published in in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide The lone woman by Bernardo Atxaga Book 6 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide On a bus home after four years in jail, a Basque woman terrorist reflects on her past and future.

She has no children, her family disowned her, her husband divorced her, and her comrades think she betrayed them. By a Spanish writer, author of The Lone Man The lone man by Bernardo Atxaga Book 12 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide A Barcelona hotelier hides two Basque separatists and begins living off his nerves as the hotel is filled with police guarding a foreign soccer team.

The World Cup is on. But Paulo is unable to exert any authority over Daniel, who though 20 - is still in the throes of puberty and goes off in a fumbling, inept pursuit of the village girls. Each girl schemes to win favour with Paulo. The narrators of this story, who take turns to continue the tale, are creatures of the wild driven by their inner voices - a bird, squirrels, a black snake Delicately told, in the simplest language, this is an elegiac tale of lost innocence and the ruthlessness of the natural world, where the hunter all too soon becomes the prey.

It is a story in which I lived, real time, mixed with memories, images, dreams and recollections. In the first, Old Martin, a Basque shepherd living in Boise, Idaho, recalls a terrible quarrel between two friends, one given to carnal pleasures, the other quite the opposite.


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