"10 Books from the Basque Country for Children and Young People": an invitation to read

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

2014-03-25

This catalogue seeks to reflect the buoyant moment being experienced by Basque children’s and young people’s literature. Besides consolidated careersand referential books such as Txan fantasma (1984; Karmentxu and the Little Ghost, 1996) by Mariasun Landa and indispensable writers like Bernardo Atxaga, author of Behi euskaldun baten memoriak (The memories of a Basque cow, 1991), there are also award-winning authors from younger generations like Miren Agur Meabe, Ruben Ruiz, Castillo Suarez and Patxi Zubizarreta. Notable narrators and poets such as Pello Añorga, Juan Kruz Igerabide, Xabier Olaso and Joxantonio Ormazabal combine oral tradition and fun in their compositions. Likewise, there are renowned illustrators like Elena Odriozola and Jokin Mitxelena who, through excellent evocative works, publish in different languages. A catalogue which represents a demonstration of literary and artistic quality, which invites people to read works written originally in Basque and enjoy images of considerable expressive strength. A panorama which demonstrates that, as things stand at present, children’s and young people’s literature is the most dynamic fi eld in Basque literature as a whole.

This catalogue seeks to reflect the buoyant moment being experienced by Basque children’s and young people’s literature. Besides consolidated careersand referential books such as Txan fantasma (1984; Karmentxu and the Little Ghost, 1996) by Mariasun Landa and indispensable writers like Bernardo Atxaga, author of Behi euskaldun baten memoriak (The memories of a Basque cow, 1991), there are also award-winning authors from younger generations like Miren Agur Meabe, Ruben Ruiz, Castillo Suarez and Patxi Zubizarreta. Notable narrators and poets such as Pello Añorga, Juan Kruz Igerabide, Xabier Olaso and Joxantonio Ormazabal combine oral tradition and fun in their compositions. Likewise, there are renowned illustrators like Elena Odriozola and Jokin Mitxelena who, through excellent evocative works, publish in different languages. A catalogue which represents a demonstration of literary and artistic quality, which invites people to read works written originally in Basque and enjoy images of considerable expressive strength. A panorama which demonstrates that, as things stand at present, children’s and young people’s literature is the most dynamic fi eld in Basque literature as a whole.

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