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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Animism adds pleasure to the life of an eleven-year-old girl living in the most remote corner of the village, as she walks with her grandfather, saying hello to the bat Gordon, her dog Toby, her horse Kent, and Frankie the chicken. Atxaga writes with a dry humor and a certain irreverence which I liked very much, but if there were literary allusions, I have to concede that I could not pick them up. Although Atxaga has been writing professionally for many years, even today many readers are surprised to learn of the effects his writing has had outside the Basque frontiers – in places as remote as Japan or Venezuela, for example, where a book entitled La sonrisa de Bernardo Atxaga i was published.

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Punto de lectura Castellano – The novel’s political background resulted in many, long interviews with Atxaga. Obabakoak Demetra Hrvatska – There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

There were also some surprising obqbakoak, like that of the critic Maliciawho wrote that Atxaga was an “Iberian Walt Disney”, or Steinick, a Swedish critic, who wrote obsessively about the lexical and symbolic similarities between the name Camilo Lizardi and the word “lizard”. Atxaga is heir to Kafka and E.


The Story of a Nation. Please try again later. Obabakoak Vintage USA – There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The stories are all set in Obaba, a somewhat magical imaginary region in the Basque country. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Books in Translation i. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Poems by Catie Rosemurgy. Equally noteworthy were the Spanish critics’ comments linking Obabakoak to the 19th-century short story tradition and to the postmodern aesthetics of the 20th century cf.

W poszukiwaniu ostatniego slowa Oficyna Literacka Polska – obabakoai The cake’s never been touched. The Basque novelist and poet peoples the town of Obaba and its environs with a lovelorn schoolmistress, a cultured but self-hating dwarf, a schoolboy whose mining engineer father tricks him into growing up and an environmentalist who rescues lizards after playing wicked tricks with them as a youth.

They say that even the devil couldn’t learn Basque. The surprise caused by the fact that the book was written in a language of pre-indo-European origin that was spoken by such a small number of people was reflected in many of the titles heading the articles: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The deaths, and even murders, which are at the root of many of these stories are often attributed more to fate or atxaaga than to any sense of religious destiny, and as the stories of these deaths are repeated a village heritage and history are formed.

Please try again later. Obabakoak Quetzal Editores Portugal – Obabakoak means “the people and things of Obaba a Basque village ,” and the narrator weaves a tale reminiscent of Scheherazade’s.

The international reception of Bernardo Atxaga’s works

Add both to Cart Add both to Obbaakoak. See all 6 reviews. Substantially more attention is given to obabakoal unfortunate narrator of the final section of the story, whose obsession with the possibility that a small green lizard bernarxo enter the human brain through the ear and cause idiocy, and whose belief that an eccentric schoolmate with a passion for lizards had intentionally reduced another boy to a simpleton by this means years before, ultimately lead him to suffer the same sad fate.


Dituria Albania – Aylak Adam Turkiye – Set in Obaba in the Basque country, the book allows myth and magic to overlap with theological questions in a story about a poor, ignored, and lonely boy who may or may not have turned into a white boar, which attacks and kills the cruelest people in the village and terrifies the priest.

The international reception of Bernardo Atxaga’s works. Bernardo Atxaga

The British press in particular praised Atxaga, writing that Obabakoak was “an exciting intellectual event” cf. The work of an original voice and a considerable talent: Hints of darker undercurrents mingle with moments of wry humor in this dazzling collage of stories, town gossip, diary beenardo and literary theory, all held together by Atxaga’s distinctive and tenderly ironic voice.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Write a customer review. The reception of Obabakoak and Two Brothers in newspapers and literary journals Obabakoak Obabakoakenglish edition. Bi anai Two Brothersfrench edition, Deux freres. Other reviews, such as the ones published in Inter Cdi or Mairie de Parismentioned the intertextual references to St.

Possessed of the timelessness of the fairy tale and informed by the lore of atxaya oral tradition – and offering a good-humored spin through metaliterature and intertextuality – Obabakoak is a multi-faceted obabaloak rousing celebration of the art of storytelling.