One of only a hundred or so books originally written in the Basque language during the last four centuries, Obabakoak is a shimmering, mercurial novel about life in Obaba, a remote, exotic, Basque village.
Obaba is peopled with innocents and intellectuals, shepherds and schoolchildren, whilst everyone from a lovelorn schoolmistress to a cultured but self-hating dwarf wanders across the page.
Obabakoak is a dazzling collage of stories, town gossip, diary excerpts and literary theory, all held together by Atxaga's distinctive and tenderly ironic voice.
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Obabakoak: a novelUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In the prolog to this novel, Atxaga explains the intricacies of his native culture: "I write in a strange language. Its verbs, the structure of its relative clauses, have no sisters anywhere on Earth ... Read full review
Review: ObabakoakUser Review - Scott - Goodreads
Actually I should probably give this book 4 stars -- It was a delight all the way through, up to the very end, where does something silly. That silliness has really stayed with me. Otherwise, pretty ... Read full review