- By Bernardo Atxaga Margaret Jull Costa

Nevada Days

  • Title: Nevada Days
  • Author: Bernardo Atxaga Margaret Jull Costa
  • ISBN: 9780857055354
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nevada Days Nevada Days is a fictionalised account of Atxaga s nine months stay as writer in residence at the Centre for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada He is accompanied by his wife ngela who is als

    Nevada Days is a fictionalised account of Atxaga s nine months stay as writer in residence at the Centre for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada He is accompanied by his wife, ngela, who is also doing research there, and by their two daughters During their first few weeks, the family encounter a strange mapache racoon , which is always staring at them from theNevada Days is a fictionalised account of Atxaga s nine months stay as writer in residence at the Centre for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada He is accompanied by his wife, ngela, who is also doing research there, and by their two daughters During their first few weeks, the family encounter a strange mapache racoon , which is always staring at them from the garden, a flight of helicopters immediately overhead, a black widow spider, a warning about bears, a party of prisoners in the desert, a lake that is somehow far too calm and too blue, and, not long into their stay, the kidnap and murder of a young girl living in the house right next door.Atxaga tells us about all these strange encounters, and about his colleagues at the university, about the trips the family make to California and across the Sierra Nevada and to Lake Tahoe, but this narrative is also interspersed with accounts of his dreams, with stories from his past.Nevada Days seductively weaves together past and present, and shows us how deeply marked we are by experience and history and relationships, however fleeting or enduring, and reminds us what a very strange thing life is.Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa

    1 thought on “Nevada Days

    1. Sigo sin saber si me ha gustado o no. Es la narración del propio autor de un año viviendo en Nevada, donde se entremezclan historias del momento con recuerdos del pasado. No pretende ser una novela, es un cesto de cuentos que se suceden con cierta relación entre ellos. El que haya seguido la obra de Atxaga reconocerá a algunos de sus personajes y lugares, multitud de guiños desde Bi Letter.Y me gusta su forma de escribir, como me ha gustado siempre, y entiendo que tiene una forma de funcion [...]

    2. Son más unos apuntes de cuando Atxaga estuvo en el estado de Nevada, Estados Unidos, como escritor en residencia y SE NOTA ! :) Para mí, que soy de los EE.UU los apuntes tenían poquísima gracia y casi ningún vínculo entre sí. Me gusta mucho Atxaga, pero éste es un libro que se publicó sólo porque es conocido el autor y no por el mérito literario de la obra. Lo siento mucho decirlo.

    3. Trigger warnings: death of a parent, mentions of rape and murder. I think that's all? This book wasah. I don't even know. When I first finished it last night, I gave it 2.5 stars. But the more I think about it, the more I'm like "what even WAS that??" so I've bumped it down to 2 stars. Based on the blurb, this sounded like it was going to be a fascinating look at a family dealing with moving from Spain to the US, dealing with the culture shock, with the weird holidays, with the crime in their ne [...]

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