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Description - The Accordionist's Son by Bernardo Atxaga

David Imaz has spent many years living in exile on a ranch in California, far from his native Basque Country. Nearing fifty and in failing health, he decides to write the story of his youth in the village of Obaba, and the powerful, sweeping narrative that ensues takes the reader from 1936 to 1999. As a young man, David divides his time between his Uncle Juan s ranch and his life in the village, where he reluctantly practises the accordion, a tradition which his authoritarian father insists that he continue. He becomes increasingly aware of the long shadow cast by the Spanish Civil War. Letters found in a hotel attic, 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 Atxaga describes the evolution of a young man caught between country and town, between his uncle the horse-breeder and his political father. The course of David s life changes one summer night when he agrees to shelter a group of students on the run from the military police. Few contemporary writers are as ade

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099492771
ISBN-10: 0099492776
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bernardo Atxaga

Bernardo Atxaga was born in Gipuzkoa in Spain in 1951 and lives in the Basque Country, writing in Basque and Spanish. He is a prize-winning novelist and poet, whose books Obabakoak, The Lone Man and The Lone Woman have won critical acclaim in Spain and abroad. His works have been translated in twenty-two languages.

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