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Obabakoak : a novel

Author: Bernardo Atxaga
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st American ed
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A unique and stunning international literary event: winner of Spain's National Prize for Literature, Obabakoak, a work of fiction, is one of only several hundred books to be written in four centuries in Basque, a language understood by few (the author himself had to translate his book into Spanish to broaden its appeal throughout Europe, where it has been published to ecstatic acclaim). Obabakoak means "the people  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Humorous fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Atxaga, Bernardo.
Obabakoak.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©1992
(OCoLC)756463555
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernardo Atxaga
ISBN: 0679424040 9780679424048 9781555975517 1555975518
OCLC Number: 27073119
Description: vi, 326 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Esteban Werfell --
An exposition of Canon Lizardi's letter --
Post tenebras spero lucem --
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, I. Marie's statement --
[... etc.].
Other Titles: Obabakoak.
Responsibility: Bernardo Atxaga ; translated by Margaret Jull Costa.

Abstract:

A unique and stunning international literary event: winner of Spain's National Prize for Literature, Obabakoak, a work of fiction, is one of only several hundred books to be written in four centuries in Basque, a language understood by few (the author himself had to translate his book into Spanish to broaden its appeal throughout Europe, where it has been published to ecstatic acclaim). Obabakoak means "the people and things of Obaba (a Basque village)," and the narrator weaves a tale reminiscent of Scheherazade's. 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. Possessed of the timelessness of the fairy tale and informed by the lore of the oral tradition - and offering a good-humored spin through metaliterature and intertextuality - Obabakoak is a multi-faceted and rousing celebration of the art of storytelling.

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