Front Cover
Vintage, 2007 - Basques - 336 pages
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - CGlanovsky - LibraryThing

The edition I read labels the book as a novel right on the cover below the title. I think I have a pretty open-minded threshold for what constitutes a novel, but in the first half I couldn't see any ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - leestgraag - LibraryThing

Obabakoak means 'events that happened in Obaba', the village at the centre of a novel composed of 26 inked tales and parodies written with a delicate sense of childlike innocence. But underlying these stories is a darker theme of loss, as the narrator of the book becomes a victim of his own tales. Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2007)

Bernardo Atxaga was born in Guipuzoca in Spain in 1951 and lives in the Basque country, writing in both Spanish and Basque.

Bibliographic information