House of the Deaf
by Lamar Herrin
Ben Williamson has lost a daughter. While studying abroad in Madrid, Michelle Williamson was caught in a bombing by Basque separatists, a bombing that killed her and several members of the Guardia Civil at a post in a park. For Ben, this act of violence has left only questions, and at a moment of despair he decides to seek out the reasons for Michelle’s death. As Ben begin...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 5th 2006 by Unbridled Books
(first published 2005)
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As a Spanish-Basque, I absolutely HATED this book. It is extremely insulting and denigrating to all Basques and Spaniards. The statements the writer makes (and I don't care if it's just for the purpose of fiction, or if it's not "the writer" but the book's characters who make those statements) about Spain and the Basques are so ignorant, one-sided, and often plainly incorrect that I had a very difficult time forcing myself to finish it. The basic idea for the plot is a good one, but only somebod...more
This is a lovely book that is very good on modern Spain and very good at getting at hard-to-pin-down emotions and paradoxical responses among characters. The suspense, which hangs on characteristics of Spanish life, builds gradually until in the last piece of the narrative it becomes gripping. In its accounts of the Basque separatist movement House of the Deaf offers insight into the process through which infhumanity begets inhumanity.