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Nevada Days: A Novel

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A seductive, unclassifiable blend of autobiography and fiction set in Reno, from the preeminent Basque author

Nine months as a writer in residence can prove unnerving for anyone. For Bernardo Atxaga, newly arrived with his wife and two daughters, research at the Center for Basque Studies in Reno, Nevada, is anything but straightforward. The neon lights and harsh
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Graywolf Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As other reviews have mentioned, this is more journal than novel of a Basque visiting professor's stay with his family in Reno, Nevada during 2007-2008. Interspersed with the entries of his and his family's impressions of Reno are longer essays where the narrator recalls childhood memories andrecounts stories related to his Basque origins.
The four stars are for the author's humble and direct prose that clarifies rather than obscures and allows the reader to spend more time thinking about what
Trigger warnings: death of a parent, mentions of rape and murder. I think that's all?

This book was...yeah. I don't even know.

When I first finished it last night, I gave it 2.5 stars. But the more I think about it, the more I'm like "............what even WAS that??" so I've bumped it down to 2 stars.

Based on the blurb, this sounded like it was going to be a fascinating look at a family dealing with moving from Spain to the US, dealing with the culture shock, with the weird holidays, with the
Maritxu Olazabal
Sigo sin saber si me ha gustado o no. Es la narración del propio autor de un año viviendo en Nevada, donde se entremezclan historias del momento con recuerdos del pasado. No pretende ser una novela, es un cesto de cuentos que se suceden con cierta relación entre ellos. El que haya seguido la obra de Atxaga reconocerá a algunos de sus personajes y lugares, multitud de guiños desde Bi Letter.

Y me gusta su forma de escribir, como me ha gustado siempre, y entiendo que tiene una forma de funcionar
May 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Son más unos apuntes de cuando Atxaga estuvo en el estado de Nevada, Estados Unidos, como escritor en residencia y SE NOTA ! :) Para mí, que soy de los EE.UU., los apuntes tenían poquísima gracia y casi ningún vínculo entre sí. Me gusta mucho Atxaga, pero éste es un libro que se publicó sólo porque es conocido el autor y no por el mérito literario de la obra. Lo siento mucho decirlo.
Thomaz Amancio
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O que aconteceria se Cormac McCarthy decidisse escrever um livro de memórias.

A estranheza dessa preposição é difícil de destacar. É um livro de memórias: nove meses na vida de uma família basca passando uma temporada nos EUA. Mas também é um romance policial/existencial ao estilo McCarthy. Ou True Detective. Um pouco de Irmãos Coen e David Lynch. Mas também é um livro de memórias. O que significa que nunca é tão bizarro como nesses autores/artistas. Nem tão extremo. Mas ao mesmo temp
Steve Phillipson
This book is by the Basque author Bernardo Atxaga. It was written during his sabbatical at the University of Nevada-Reno. The book contains his reactions to the US during his stay, memories of his childhood in Spain, and historical and cultural insights into the Basques in Spain and diaspora in the US. Highly recommended.
Jonathan yates
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is just simply an outsiders look at the US experience, super easy to read, says some pertinent, sometimes funny stuff and touches a couple of nerves about the bad parts of the US experience, well written.
Alex Yard
Aug 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an articulate, level-headed review.

In summation, this book was an indulgent disaster. Writer-in-residence has no imagination so he writes a "novel" about a writer in residence. It's a random collage of stuff he did while in Nevada. Mixed with entirely unrelated stores from his childhood. This book has no justification to exist. A true shame.
Adam Lowy
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nevada Days/ Atxaga

This free-flowing journal of days in Reno. An alien (Basque) in a world where all are revealed as aliens. Myths - familial, cultural /memories / dreams/ readings/ conversations- all blur in this Kaleidoscopic trip.

We sit at the bar, cradling a beer listening to wonderful music of people bumbling through their thoughts as Obama and Hillary campaign against each other, bodies of soldiers killed in Iraq return, and news of victims of a serial local rapist are reporte
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado cómo intercala las vivencias a modo de retrospectiva mientras conectas con su día a día en Estados Unidos. La parte de recuerdos de su infancia ha sido fascinante. Me ha hecho buscar datos para saber un poquito más de una historia ajena a mí, y eso siempre me encanta de un libro. Lo dejé de leer hace unos meses y retomarlo ha sido una buena decisión. Definitely, there is a time and place for everything.

Bill Berger
A devoted reader of Atxaga, this by ok is a bit of an anomaly. His books are for the most part based in the Basque Country of Spain but this is based in and around Reno Nevada. Interestingly the best parts are when he does reminisce about Spain.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't really make this one work for me, couldn't really connect the Nevada happenings with the flashbacks.
Experience of Reno, Nevada from non-American.
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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