Obabakoak: Novel

Atxaga, Bernardo

Published by Vintage Books, 1994
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Synopsis: Tells the story of the people of Obaba, a remote Basque village

About the Author: Bernardo Atxaga was born in Gipuzkoa in Spain in 1951 and lives in the Basque Country, writing in Basque and Spanish. He is a prizewinning novelist and poet, whose books, including The Accordionist's Son and Seven Houses in France, have won critical acclaim in Spain and abroad. His works have been translated into twenty-two languages.

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Title: Obabakoak: Novel
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1994
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Book Condition: Good
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