Obabakoak: Stories from a Village

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Graywolf Press, Oct 26, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
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"A brilliantly inventive writer ... he understands the nature of storytelling and is at once terribly moving and wildy funny."—A.S. Byatt

Obabakoak is a shimmering, mercurial collection about life in Obaba, a remote, exotic Basque village. A schoolboy's miningengineer 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 schoolchildren, while everyone from a lovelorn schoolmistress to a cultured but self-hating dwarf wanders across the page. Hints of darker undercurrents mingle 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 of the twenty-first century.

 

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Contents

Translators Note
The Game of the Goose
CHILDHOODS
Esteban Werfell
An exposition of Canon Lizardis letter
Post tenebras spero lucem
If I could Id go out for a stroll every night
If I could Id go out for a stroll every night
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

NINE WORDS IN HONOR OF THE VILLAGE OF                     VILLAMEDIANA
IN SEARCH OF THE                   LAST WORD
Young and green
The rich merchants servant
Regarding stories
Dayoub the rich merchants servant
Mr Smith
Maiden name Laura Sligo
The crevasse
A Rhine wine
Samuel Tellería Uribe
Wei Lie Deshang
X and Y
The torch
By way of an autobiography
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Bernardo Atxaga was born in Gipuzkoa, Spain, in 1951 and lives in the Basque Country, writing in Basque and Spanish. He is a prizewinning novelist and poet whose books include The Accordionist's Son, The Lone Man, and The Lone Woman.

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