Who Is Esau-Edom? yAramburu s Patria I started this book with much trepidation Written by Bernardo Atxaga in 2003 it tells the story of David Imaz the son of Angel who is following his father s footsteps as an accordionist In the small mythical town of Obaba near Gernika this was a notable career in the 1930s but in the 1960s David s future is about to changeDavid was attracted to Teresa whose father owns the Hotel Alaska She reveals a list of seven Republicans executed and his father was implicated David also discovers that her father took over the hotel from Don Pedro who was known as the first to leave Obaba for America Of course there was some shady stuff going on that force Don Pedro to sell and leaveComing to grips with his father s past David refuses to play at the ceremony honouring the unveiling of a monument honouring the Fascists who died in the war David s innocent childhood is coming apart as he discovers the past of the townspeople Then one day in 1970 the monument is blown up and some of his friends are implicated This is the beginning of ETA and the Basue upheavals that would last some thirtyears David need to choose his future Most of the story was told by David thirty Gutter Kisses and a Hug on Garbage Day years later where is is dying He married an American woman and hasoung children living on a ranch in California His childhood friend Joseph has come to visit his friend and to help with the manuscript There are holes in the story that need to be filled in Why did he leave the Basue Country Was the past reliving itselfBernardo Atxaga has written a monumental tale that spans several decades The central theme of memory is overshadowed by all the political events that changed the country Writing it down is not an easy task One forgets one has different points of view some lives are changed forever and others are lost What really happened depends on the memory of those recording themThe last century has not been easy on the Basue people Hopefully this century they will fare better Judging from what I saw visiting their land I believe it is looking better But we cannot forget the past and it is so good to read as challenging as it is when their stories are written This is a book to remember whatever the truth may beDefinitely a 45There is also a movie made in 2019 that looks very goodhttpsyoutubeIwr2WuWAV3k Internationally acclaimed Basue author Bernardo Atxaga is a poet as well as a novelist His 2004 novel The Accordionist s Son is at one level the coming of age story of David Imaz a talented accordionist player in the footsteps of his father The context however is different from many other comparable novels Set in the remote village of Obaba in the Basue country in northern Spain the reader is uickly drawn into a vibrant community torn into political factions with families and neighbours pulled apart by ongoing hostilities and long held secrets Written originally in his own Basue language Euskedi Atxaga creates a world that is both specific in its depiction of the day to day reality while at the same time reaching beyond the specifics into the general in its subtle and perceptive evocation of human relations and our connection to land and nature It is also an ode to an ancient language and a people s traditional culture a loving sometimes nostalgic look at the past as a foreign country exemplified by the peace and happiness of rural life And as Atxaga expressed in an interview about a decade ago Obaba is an interior landscape the country of my past a mixture of the real and the emotionalThe Accordionist s Son is then a very personal and intimate recollection of life growing up caught between the old and the new David is so taken by the old that the new can take him by surprise or worse lead him into dangerous traps He is a slow often hesitant learner when it comes to the political baggage that is still hanging over the village reaching back into the dark days of the Spanish Civil War WWII and their fallout Obaba is not far from the town of Guernica
The Memory Of The memory of the killed very much on people s minds David prefers the woods the lake and his simpler village friends like Lubis who looks after his uncle s horses But he cannot always avoid confronting reality whether in conflicts with his father or some of his friends and love interests The opposing political sides are increasingly forceful and eventually David has to take sidesHowever the novel opens with its ending David had been working on his memoir describing his outh back in the village and how his life led him eventually to California Instead of him we meet his wife Mary Ann and his childhood friend Joseba David has succumbed to his illness Now according to David s wishes it is up to Joseba to translate his draft memoir written in the
Basue Language So That language so that s family can read it He is also to take it back to Obaba to be placed in the library as a historical record of the struggle for the Basue Homeland Joseba a writer himself wanted to write a book based on what David had written to rewrite and expand his memoir Not like someone pulling down a house and building a new one in
Its Place But In The place but in the of someone finding a tree on which some long vanished shepherd had left a carving and deciding to redraw the lines so as to bring out and enhance the drawing and the figuresJosebaDavid writes with great fluidity and we can only seldom separate the voices of the two friends In real life it would be an intriguing experiment and one can only assume that Bernardo Atxaga sees himself in both his characters well characterized within their separate identities and et intimately connected to each other through the experiences of Crochet Pattern - Tutu Skirt for Onesie youth andoung adulthood For me discovering Bernardo Atxaga through this novel has been an enriching experience that will lead me to read other books by him His evocation of the lush landscape forests and hidden lakes makes for a very convincing often lyrical background for his story that does not shy away from the political tensions and the personal conflicts of the time His ability to bring a diversity of characters to life and there are uite a few is remarkable and some of them stay in Bad Pets your mind long afterou finished the book Some readers might find some of the early passages of Running Your Best young David s teenage preoccupations too long but these would be minor flaws are uite a few is remarkable and some of them stay inour mind long after The Fall Of White City (Victorian Chicago Mystery Series Book 1) you finished the book Some readers might find some of the early passages ofoung David s teenage preoccupations too long but these would be minor flaws. Ges one summer night when he agrees to shelter a group of students on the run from the military policeThis is the most accomplished novel to date by an internationally celebrated writer The Accordionist's Son is memorable for its epic scope from 1936 to 1999 and the details with which it sparkles in gorgeous prose It is easy to understand why The Observer listed Atxaga as one of the top twenty one writers for the twenty first centur.
S The Sign Ofthe sign of much older kind of literature where the reader s enchantment increases each time the story is reintroduced reframed Somehow for some readers stories within stories increase the realism The notion here is that the writer was the best friend of the author of a memoir written in Basue The author of that memoir dies before The Accordionist s Son opens The narrator of The Accordionist s Son takes the memoir written by his friend and tells his friend s widow that he ll rewrite it adding a voice the way someone might clarify a carving in a tree by deepening and sharpening its features From that we understand that the book we re going to read is written twice over and should have two voices in it But the opening of the rewritten memoir which occupies most of The Accordionist s Son is about the dead friend s children and it s written as if the children belong to the friend But they don t And the next section is about how the author of the memoir courted his wife It is written in the dead friend s voice but we as readers know it s actually written or re written by the friend The effect is bizarre as if the author of The Accordionist s Son has stepped into his dead friend s life and is courting his wife Of course ou re not supposed to think of it that way but if Laurus you re paying attention to authorshipou simply have toAwful sentimental annoying hopelessly old fashioned Last fall I had the good fortune to see El Pa s Vasco Basue Country Apart from Bilbao and San Sebasti n I stopped in Guernica Known in its Basue tongue Gernika was bombed by the Nazi Luftwaffe as a testing grounds for
its Blitzgreig lightning war in 1937 General Franco allowed this as the Basue people were not sympathetic to him duringBlitzgreig lightning war in 1937 General Franco allowed this as the Basue people were not sympathetic to him during Spanish Civil war The bombing inspired Picasso to paint his famous painting Guernica now in the Museo Reina Sofia I was moved to tears seeing this on a previous tripWith this background and having read Fernando. C along with a silver pistol lead David to unravel the story of the conflict including his father's association with the fascists and the opposition of his uncle who took considerable risks in helping to hide a wanted republican With affection and lucidity Bernardo Atxaga describes the evolution of a oung man caught between country and town between his uncle the horse breeder and his political father The course of David's life chan. .
Translated from the spanish this book is about a Basue town and interwines the story of two generations with both the Spanish Civil War and the Basue Resistance Unfortunately while the subject matter is interesting the writing style is a bit flat and I felt like the characters were 2 dimensional and not really brought to life One of my best friends is Basue and his family moved from the Basue Country around 1965 to Bakersfield in order to become sheep herders and cattle ranchers I also have an inherent interest in the Spanish Civil WarThat said I was excited to see this book at the library given that it s about a Basue man who emigrates to Visalia with the ghosts of The Spanish Civil War and Basue separatist movement on his heelsBut for whatever reason I didn t find this book compelling Perhaps it s because it was translated into English so maybe something got lostI think the main reason is that I never uite knew what the main thrust of this book was about The Spanish Civil War is present but by no means is this a book about The Spanish Civil War The protagonist is an immigrant to California but this isn t an immigrant s tale There are some romantic threads but they feel like haphazard sub plots than anythings elseIf there could be a through line it could be the conflict between father and son hence the title but I still couldn t get any real sense of who the father was other than a black and white caricature of The Bad GuyInteresting subject matter but I m glad I finally got through this book and can go onto something elseIf ou want to talk to a crazy and hilarious character track down Melchor Senior down in Bakersfield buy him a shot and a beer and listen to the stories ensue The Accordionist s Son is a coming of age novel that explores the complexity of growing up in a twentieth century oppressive regime after a civil war This novel elouently paints the Northern side of the Basue Country in Spain in the naivety of outh Transitioning into greater understanding the protagonist becomes older and aware of his father s role in his town Obaba s past The story is guided with a plurality of historical events catchy pop culture references and an intricate storyline with rich characters that allows the reader to experience the complex interworking s of a shared pastThe biggest draw in the novel was understanding why the protagonist David published his memoir in Basue The protagonist story isn t even assessable to his wife I expected from this plot set up by Atxaga and how the protagonist story becomes a part of his best friends re working of a novel This to me was because the protagonist felt he would be betraying his past and his expectations of the Basue language It was a choice not to compromise and publish in a different language other than the language of his past for the character and a way for the novelist to portray the importance of the Basue language in identity it has for the Basue communityRegarding the mechanics of the novel I found the arrangement of the story line to be well thought out by Atxaga The only problem I encountered was the close attention needed when reading the dialogue between the characters There were several moments I found myself re reading to clarify which character made what statement This wasn t a distracting uality For me it felt as if the novel could easily be adapted to a screenplay or could be a novel to film adaptationUpon further research the author Bernardo Atxaga s own experiences have heavily influenced the production of this novel His past career as a poet can be seen in the novel that reads similar to poetry prose at times Atxaga s descriptive style allows the reader to picture the Basue country as a place and people with deep rooted ways He incorporates the Basue language and
Many Basue Words That AllowBasue words that allow reader a glimpse at the special relationship the people of the Basue country have to this ancient language that s grown integral to the Basues sense of autonomy Born in 1951 it can be seen that the author would have experienced the oppressive nature of the Franco regime This novel could be read and enjoyed by a
Reader Not Enrolled Or Wellnot enrolled or well in Spain s or the Basue countries histories Understandings of the different events like the bombing of Guernica in 1937 and nationalist Spain under Franco s reign spanning 1939 1975 would help form a deeper understanding of the protagonist complicated feelings The novel on its own could provide a it s not the most original of titles but this book is hands down one of the best two or three i ve read over the last couple ears and it s the first time Atxaga a Basue writer has been translated into English I m glad I kept reading this book though the plot and characters develop slowly The central storyline follows a oung man s growing up in Basue country seeing how Spanish fascism has shaped the lives around him and deciding who he will be While at first the story within a story framework seemed too complex by the end I could see that it had a purpose Also the writing especially the dialogue seemed too realistic and dull but as the story picked up this flat style of narration became powerful Along the way are some memorable characters terrific tales and scenes and profound insights By the end the book is action packed funny and poignant We discussed this at my book group last night Most people had finished all or most of it but a few still had a hundred or so pages to go I think they were surprised at how much of the action comes in that last eighty pages I won t give anything away We learn at the beginning that the main character and principal narrator David has died and that the book is largely his memoir translated from Basue edited and possibly embellished by his friend Joseba Most of the book is set in and around Obaba fictional Basue town not far from Gernika and it involves David his social life with his village and country friends and his attempts to come to grips with the history of the Spanish Civil War in his areaIt was interesting to read with what was undoubtedly my first sustained exposure to Basue culture in literature and I would definitely recommend it On the other hand Atxaga provides David with a cast
of local friends that would have amply populated a much longer novel and most of these characters were not sufficientlylocal friends that would have amply populated a much longer novel and most of these characters were not sufficiently formed to be either real or meaningful to the reader There are also concerns that the precipitous change that sets the plot and tone for the last hundred pages is not sufficiently grounded in what has gon. A celebrated international author listed among the 21 top writers for the 21st century The Observer UKAs David Imaz on the threshold of adulthood divides his time between his uncle Juan's ranch and his life in the village where he reluctantly practices the accordion a tradition that his authoritarian father insists he continue he becomes increasingly aware of the long shadow cast by the Spanish Civil WarLetters found in a hotel atti.