Bernardo Atxaga

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Bernardo Atxaga


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in Asteasu, Gipuzkoa, Euskal Herria, Spain
July 27, 1951

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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, Euskara, 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 works received the National Critics Prize for the best works in the Basque language.

He cultivates most genres: poetry, radio, cinema scriptwriting, theatre, children's books, articles, short stories... His national –and soon after international– recognition arrived with Obabakoak (1988) which, among other prizes, was awarded the National Literature
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Obabakoak

3.86 avg rating — 1,614 ratings — published 1988 — 65 editions
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Historias de Obaba

3.48 avg rating — 96 ratings — published 1997 — 6 editions
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“I think of the memory as being rather like a dam," he said, after a pause for thought. "It irrigates and gives life to our whole spirit. But, like a dam, it needs overflow channels if it's not to burst its banks. Because if it ever does overflow or burst, its waters will destroy everything in its path.”
Bernardo Atxaga, Obabakoak
tags: memory

“My father had a similar saying. He said that in heaven there's a huge cake reserved solely for married people who've never once regretted getting married. The cake's never been touched.”
Bernardo Atxaga, Obabakoak

“A menudo creemos que las cosas son de por sí grandes o de por sí pequeñas, y no nos damos cuenta de que lo que llamamos tamaño no es sino una relación entre las cosas.”
Bernardo Atxaga, Obabakoak

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