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Two Brothers

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As he dies leaving his two boys orphaned, Paulo's father lays on him the duty to look after his retarded but overgrown younger brother, for otherwise Daniel will be put away in an institution. But Daniel never listens to his brother, who is unable to exert any authority over him. Instead Daniel, age twenty and still in the throes of puberty, goes off in an inept, fumbling ...more
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published February 19th 2003 by Harvill Press (first published 1995)
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Francisco H. González
Vuelvo a releer esta novela 20 años después y me sigue gustando, mucho.

Dos hermanos es una alegoría trágica, rural, en un pueblo donde se confirma esa máxima que afirma que "pueblo pequeño, infierno grande", en donde las rencillas y los odios se transmiten de generación en generación y donde el destino es una cruz tan pesada que solo la muerte es capaz de aliviar.

Bernardo Atxaga (Asteasu, 1951) ambienta esta certera, preci(o)sa y fatalista novela en Obaba, lugar imaginario, y lo que acontece lo
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I think that this book was great and very controversial if you look behind the value of reading it at face value. I believe that he is using the irony of the nature of mankind and how we are naturally cruel to bring to light the aspect of mistreating people. I personally didn't get the feeling that it was specifically directed towards women. I don't think it was offensive at all and was symbolizing the destruction of humankind as a whole by the cruelty of other humans.
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It's amazing that a book this short could be this offensive. It's as if Atxaga wondered, should I write a book that invokes hateful tropes about women (evil! jealous! irrational! scheming! destroyers of men!) or developmentally disabled people (bestial! lustful! monstrous!) and thought, damn, I can do both! One of those books that make you think, male writers need to stop.
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Bernardo Atxaga (Joseba Irazu Garmendia, Asteasu, Guipúzcoa, 1951) belongs to the young group of Basque writers that began publishing in his mother language, Euskera, in the Seventies. Graduated in Economics for the Bilbao University, he later studied Philosophy at the University of Barcelona.

His first short story, Ziutateaz was published in 1976 and his first book of poetry Etiopia in 1978. Both
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