The first book ever printed in the Basque language is now available in Japanese. Linguae Vasconum Primitiae, written by Bernard Etxepare and published in Bordeaux (France) in 1545, marks a milestone for Basque culture. Printed almost a century later than the Gutenberg Bible, this collection of religious, autobiographical, and amorous poetry opened the doors of printing houses to a language that some thought was not writable.
The title page of Linguae Vasconum Primitiae (BNF/Gallica)
The book has been translated, especially into Romance and other European languages. Now it is also available for Japanese readers thanks to the work of Sho Hagio and Hiromi Yoshida, two Japanese euskaldunak (Basque speakers) who learned Euskara in Japan. The book is published by the Basque Government and the Etxepare Basque Institute.
You can obtain a copy of the English translation of Linguae Vasconum Primitiae in the Center for Basque Studies bookstore or check out it from the Basque Library of the UNR.
What’s more, you can read a digital edition of the original text by Josu Lavin and take a look at a facsimile edition by Gallica, the French national digital library.
The speakers of the seminar: “The End of Arms Conflict in Basque Country.” The Center’s Dr. Xabier Irujo is pictured second from the left (from Berria).
The University of Liverpool collaborated with the Etxepare Basque Institute in hosting a seminar on the end of arms conflict in Basque Country. The seminar focused on the peace progress in Basque Countries after ETA (Basque indigenous separatist movement) ended its arm struggle and decided to pursue peaceful strategies in achieving independence for Basque country. Some of the prominent experts invited in the seminar were Dr. Xabier Irujo of the University of Nevada in the United States, Dr. Inigo Urrutia of the University of Basque country, Dr. Kevin Bean of the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, Amaia Agirrek from the Agirre Center, and Juan Jose Ibarretxe, the former president of the Basque country. Read Berria’s coverage of the event here http://www.berria.eus/albisteak/109443/euskal_gatazka_hizketagai_liverpoolen.htm (in Basque)