Celebrated writer from the Basque region of Spain, Bernardo Atxaga presents his views on Basque nationalism, ETA’s impact past & present, current language policies in the Basque Country and how he processes and presents these issues in his fiction writing, articles and essays.
Bernardo Atxaga (real name Jose Irazu), was born in 1951 in Asteasu, Guipúzcoa, in the Basque Country. He received a diploma in economics from the University of Bilbao, and studied philosophy at the University of Barcelona. He has worked as an economist, a bookseller, a professor of the Basque language, a publisher, and a radio scriptwriter.
Atxaga writes in the Basque language, Euskera, and translates his work into Spanish as well. He has written plays, song lyrics, novels and short stories, as well as articles and opinion pieces for the media. His work has been translated into thirty two languages and his books in English include the short story collection Obabakoak and the novels The Lone Wolf, The Accordionist's Son and Seven Houses in France. His work has won prizes and critical acclaim in Spain and abroad.
Next Free Public Lecture:
31 May 2016