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atertu arte itxaron

katixa agirre

Until now we have been able to read Katixa Agirre’s short stories, poetry and articles. She’s also written a lot about the cinema. Now she has published a novel. It is a book a little like a road movie. The journey is the main thread to the journey. And, as on any trip, sometimes we take the wrong turn at the crossroads. That’s just what makes the journey interesting. And it’s what happens to the couple in the novel. Their inability to face up to their situation takes us from one place to another on the road trip and on the characters’ internal voyage.

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moskuko urrea: kultur eta gizarte mugimenduen eztanda irunen, 1983-1993 juanma sarasola “xaun”

juanma sarasola “xaun”

Xaun has done incredible work on this self-edition (how else would it have happened?) Almost an encyclopaedia. Many interviews and different points of view. Meaningful photographs. Interesting, approachable people. That’s how he’s put the puzzle together. What’s more, the interview are well conducted, appropriately adapted for the interviewees. An epicentre of Basque street culture is well reflected her. If you were there, you need to get hold of this book. If you weren’t that lucky, you won’t regret it.

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su zelaiak

mikel perurena ansa

Believable. Crude. Are those two adjectives enough to say that a book is good? Just in case, I’ll say a little more. Perurena has put together an original structure in his picture of our grandparents’ society. And painted it little by little. Name and surname. Then he submits them to the cruelty of war. In way which is a crude as it is absurd. How else could you explain the massacre of Verdun? Bringing two levels together, the atmosphere becomes increasingly claustrophobic. The author also uses language very well, adapting it to the atmosphere and challenging the reader. Those people who only spoke Basque left their lives on the fields of fire, morts pour la patrie. But did the ones who came back come back alive? They died, France was born.

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la inmensa soledad

frederic pajak

Imanol gave it to me. ¨For you¨. Last week we talked about the theatre, illnesses, literature, women, and the city of Turin: the thousands of things you can talk about in a bookshop. La inmensa soledad is not narrative, philosophy, a comic, poetry or an essay. It is all those things too, but not just that. It is the narrative of the experiences of two very different writers, Nietzsche and Pavese: Turin, illness, literature, connections with women… all of that in Frederic Pajack’s texts and comic drawings. Things like this can only happen when book lovers open book shops.