Stories from a Village
Bernardo Atxaga; Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa

"A fine, shimmering, mercurial novel"—The Observer (London)

“A classic of Basque fiction. . . . The book exudes its own charmingly Old World ambiance distinct from the raw youthful frontier stylings of Garcia Marquez and others from that hemisphere. . . . Atxaga is heir to Kafka and E.T.A. Hoffmannm, proudly embracing his European blood.”—The Barnes & Noble Review

About the Book

"A brilliantly inventive writer . . . He understands the nature of storytelling and is at once terribly moving and wildly funny."—A.S. Byatt  
Obabakoak is a shimmering, mercurial novel about life in Obaba, a remote, exotic Basque village. A schoolboy's mining engineer father tricks him into growing up, an unfortunate environmentalist rescues deceptively harmless lizards, and a rescue mission on a Swiss mountain climbing expedition in Nepal turns into murder. Obaba is peopled with innocents and intellectuals, shepherds and schoolchildren, whilst everyone from a lovelorn schoolmistress to a cultured but self-hating dwarf wanders across the page. Hints of darker undercurrents mingle with moments of wry humor in this dazzling collage of stories, town gossip, diary excerpts and literary theory, all held together by Atxaga's distinctive and tenderly ironic voice. An unforgettable work from an international literary giant, whom the Observer (London) listed among the top twenty-one writers for the twenty-first century.

Additional Reviews

“An extremely interesting tour of the imagination of a writer who has risen to international prominence.”—Pleiades

“Bernardo Atxaga’s Obabakoak is an achievement. . . . The collection deserves preservation, like the language of its original publication. It will likely shape thought and literature for years to come.”—Foreword Reviews

“This quirky, highly original collection reaches well beyond any narrow geographical definitions.”— New York Journal Of Books