MARTUTENE by Ramon Saizarbitoria


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Winner of the Basque Country’s Fiction Prize, Martutene is a unique novel destined to become an essential reference of Contemporary World Literature.

“Martutene is probably the most important Basque novel yet to be written; this is a primus inter pares book destined to become the central piece of the new canon." —Joseba Gabilondo (Michigan State University)

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Abaitua and Pilar, a gynecologist and a neurosurgeon, and Martin and Julia, a writer and a translator, are two couples worn down by years of marriage who have slid off into a kind of bored decadence. Their group of friends and family complete an insightful portrait of post-independence movement Basque life in which the arrival of Lynn, a refreshing young American sociologist, will trigger unexpected events.

Martutene is a truly outstanding work of fiction in which life and art weave and tangle. An exploration of those thoughts and feelings that expose our miseries and our deepest fears as human beings. 

  • Age Adults
  • Binding Paperback
  • ISBN 9788494426278
  • Language English
  • Pages 810
  • Product Dimensions 15.6 x 23.4 cm.
  • Publisher Hispabooks
  • Translated by Aritz branton

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