Water over Stones
"A brilliantly inventive writer" A.S. BYATT
"The most important Basque writer of his generation" Times Literary Supplement
"Not just a Basque novelist but the Basque novelist" Guardian
Their lives run into each other, like water running over stones
As the Basque mining town of Ugarte moves from the hazy summer of the 1972 Olympics, through the mining strikes of the turbulent Eighties and into the modern day, her people navigate the silences, secrets, joys and tragedies of their lives.
From the story of a traumatised teenage boy at the town's bakery, to the tale of a group of comrades on an army base in the twilight of Franco's dictatorship, the interconnected narratives of Water Over Stones confront the changes time brings to Ugarte's close-knit community, as the lives of its inhabitants run into to each other like water running between stones.
This extraordinary novel of friendship, nature, love and the immensity of death shows Bernardo Atxaga's mastery of his craft, and his ability to create places and characters that are impossible to forget.
Translated from the Spanish by Thomas Bunstead and Margaret Jull-Costa
Format/pages: paperback / 384 pages
Publisher: MacLehose Press