Kirmen Uribe: Bilbao-New York-Bilbao (Bilbao-New York-Bilbao)

The latest addition to my website is Kirmen Uribe‘s Bilbao-New York-Bilbao (Bilbao-New York-Bilbao). This is a Basque novel, which is not really a novel and is not really about travel between Bilbao and New York. Uribe describes his efforts to write a novel about his grandfather, a fisherman, the Basque painter, Aurelio Arteta and Arteta’s friend, the Basque architect, Ricardo Bastida. We jump around between those three, Uribe’s own life, his contact with writers from minority cultures, his family, his travels by plane (comparing it to Bastida’s son’s transatlantic crossing by ship) and Basque culture and life. He tells lots of amusing and informative stories and ends up with this book, which is, more or less, the novel he always meant to write, a novel about real people, rather than fictitious ones.

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