The Accordionist's Son

The Accordionist's Son
A Novel
Bernardo Atxaga; Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa

“A gorgeous and ambitious story about the Basque land and language.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A fresh voice in Basque and Spanish literature…The Accordionist’s Son, first published in the Basque language in 2003, is [Atxaga’s] most accomplished novel.”—The Independent

About the Book

"The most accomplished novel to date by an internationally celebrated writer"—Bookforum, now available in paperback  
David Imaz has spent many years living in exile in California, far from his native Basque Country. Nearing fifty and in failing health, he begins to write the story of his youth, a sweeping narrative that spans 1936 to 1999. As a young man, David divides his time between his uncle's ranch and his life in the village, where he practices the accordion at his father's insistence--all in the shadow of the Spanish civil war. Letters found in a hotel attic, along with a silver pistol, lead David to unravel his family's involvement in both sides of the conflict.

Additional Reviews

“While recognizing that all stories ‘embellish life,’ [Atxaga] has created a rich and vibrant world that is sadly threatened with extinction.”—Magill Book Reviews

“Each character is a world, a story marvelously integrated into the whole… A master storyteller has become a fabulous chronicler of reality. . . The Accordionist’s Son charms and moves us.”—La Vanguardia