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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Bernardo Atxaga (Author of Obabakoak)

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. 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.

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Obabakoak Tammi Publishers Suomi – In most of the reviews published in Basque, after describing the plot, the critics listed the narrative strategies the narrator had made use of. I often felt that the book had dissolved into a collection of diffuse stories with few connections. 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. Eventually the “unpronounceable” cf. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars.


Other noteworthy aspects that international critics remarked upon were the book’s stylistic and structural peculiarities, the influence of oral tradition cf. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Memorias de una vaca 3. A magnificent work of universal scope.

Hoffmannm, proudly embracing his European blood. Obabakowk Jull Costa Translation. English Choose a language for shopping. He understands the nature of storytelling and is at once terribly moving and wildly funny.

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The green, lush landscape described in the novel was another attractive aspect of the book in Cobo’s opinion. As the Obabkoak structuralist Jan Mukarovsky wrote, we can deduce established aesthetic norms from the critical reception of an oeuvre. Perhaps we may even go crazy if we persist.

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To Siberia by Per Petterson. An unforgettable work from an international literary giant, whom the Observer London listed among the top twenty-one writers for the twenty-first century. Atxaga is heir to Kafka and E.

Want to Read Currently Begnardo Read. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Atxaga also spins tales of a German painter driven mad 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 climbing expedition in Nepal that turns to murder.