April 23, World Book and Copyright Day: Time to Celebrate CBS Books


Celebrate World Book Day with Center for Basque Studies Books.

April 23 is the day set aside by both UN and UNESCO to celebrate world literature. Here at the CBS, our mission is to conduct and publish Basque-related research in a wide range of fields. As such, we would like to join in this celebration of the joy and pleasure of books and encourage anyone reading this to browse our current list of titles. What’s more, we also have a number of books available free to download. Check out the list here.

Here’s some of what other’s have been saying about our books…

Alejandro Aldekoa: Master of Pipe and Tabor Dance Music in the Basque Country  by Sabin Bikandi: “This is a seriously good piece of work . . . The book, with its associated DVD, is a tour de force that seems destined to become a—if not the—definitive work on the subject and is essential reading for anyone interested in three-hole pipe music, or Iberian folk music and dance at large” (Simon Furey, Folk Music Journal).

An Anthology of Basque Short Stories, compiled by Mari Jose Olaziregi: “This anthology is such a milestone” (Maite Núñez-Betelu, World Literature in Review).

Rossetti’s Obsession by Ramon Saizarbitoria: “A thoughtful and engaging novella . . . The translation from Euskera, by Saizarbitoria’s daughter Madalen, is extremely graceful and often elegant. The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, is to be congratulated for including this title in their Basque Literature Series and thereby giving an English-reading public a chance to become acquainted with one of the most important writers of the Basque Country” (David Laraway, World Literature in Review).

The Basques, by Julio Caro Baroja : “a model ethnography based on a profound knowledge of the Basque region, its history and prehistory, and its folk culture” (David Elton Gay, Journal of Folklore Research).

The Red Notebook by Arantxa Urretabizkaia: “A sensitive and delicate portrait of a woman whose political activities have long kept her separated from her young children . . . The novella’s final pages, in particular, invite serious reflection on the relationship between an intimate yet marginalized language such as Euskara and attempts to translate it into other, more widely spoken, idioms . . . It is a worthy addition to an already distinguished collection of recent Basque writing in English translation. Any reader wishing to get the pulse of contemporary writing in Euskara would be well advised to begin here” (David Laraway, World Literature in Review).

The Challenges of a Bilingual Society in the Basque Country, edited by Pello Salaburu and Xabier Alberdi: A work  “that exemplifies the important social aspects that need to be considered when doing research on Basque in particular or bilingualism in general” (Itxaso Rodriguez, Journal of Sociolinguistics).

Waking the Hedgehog: The Literary Universe of Bernardo Atxaga, by  Mari Jose Olaziregi:  “Olaziregi’s study is informative and does an excellent job of articulating the extraordinary richness of Atxaga’s creative universe” (Mark C. Aldrich, Confluencia).

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  1. I was born to a Basque mother, but I was adopted. I want very much to learn more about the Basque.

    • katu

      April 24, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Hi Diane, great to hear from you. The CBS has two books in its textbook series that serve as good general introductions to Basque culture: Basque Culture, by William Douglass and Joseba Zulaika, and Modern Basque History, by Cameron Watson.

      What’s more, if you are in the US, there may be a Basque Club near you that would, I’m sure, be happy to hear from you. You can find out through NABO (North American Basque Organizations). The NABO website also has an excellent FAQ page that answers a lot of questions about the Basques. Check it out here.

      Another interesting source of information about all things Basque is Buber’s Basque Page, which has multiple links to many different aspects of Basque culture.

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