Homeland: A Novel (Paperback)

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By Fernando Aramburu, Alfred J. MacAdam (Translated by)
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Description


In the heart of Spain’s Basque Country, two friends, Miren and Bittori, find their worlds upended by violence. When Bittori’s husband runs afoul of the separatist organization ETA, a terrorist group of which Miren’s son, Joxe Mari, is a member, both women must choose between their friendship and their families. Moving back and forth in time and told through the eyes of a rich cast of characters from all walks of life, Fernando Aramburu’s dazzling novel probes the lasting legacy of conflict. A work of nearly unbearable suspense, Homeland is a searing examination of truth, reconciliation, and coming to terms with history.

About the Author


Born in San Sebastián, Spain, in 1959, Fernando Aramburu is considered one of the most remarkable writers in the Spanish language. He won the Ramón Gómez de la Serna Prize in 1997, the Euskadi Prize in 2001, and, for his short story collection Los peces de la amargura, the Mario Vargas Llosa NH Short Story Award, the Dulce Chacón Prize, and the Prize of the Spanish Royal Academy in 2008. Among his most recent novels, Años lentoswon the Premio Tusquets de Novela in 2011 and was named Book of the Year in 2012 by the booksellers of Madrid. But it is his novel Patria(Homeland), a stunning success among readers and winner of unanimous acclaim (National Prize for Literature, National Critics Prize, Euskadi Prize, Francisco Umbral Prize, Strega European Prize, Tomasi di Lampedusa Prize, among many others) that has distinguished him as a writer who will leave his mark on our era.

Praise For…


“It's been a long time since I've read a book so persuasive and moving, so intelligently conceived, a fiction that is also an eloquent testament to a historical reality.” —Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“Deftly plotted . . . full of suspense . . . rich with detail.” —The New York Review of Books

“A powerful novel which has a strong claim to be the definitive fictional account of the Basque troubles. . . . Aramburu skilfully spins . . . short, punchy chapters that dart back and forth in time” —The Economist

“A story of personal and tribal loyalty. . . . It is an uplifting tale, beautifully crafted and full of feeling.” —The Guardian

“Magnificent. . . . The cast is sprawling—with both matriarchs, husbands, five children, spouses, grandchildren—but each’s story is realized masterfully, as the characters look to escape violence however they can, be it exile, alcohol, or love. Aramburu’s remarkable novel is an honest and empathetic portrait of suffering and forgiveness, home and family.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Once I caught the rhythm, I came to think of [Homeland] as exhibiting a kind of sophisticated tidal pattern, with each ebb and flow—present to past, past to present, splayed over 125 chapters and nearly 600 pages—leaving behind new clues in the sand.” —Manuel Roig-Franzia, The Washington Post
 
Homelandhas reminded Spain of the dormant power of literature to shake up society.” —Politico Europe
 
“A humane, memorable work of literature. . . . Aramburu recounts the lives of ordinary people shattered by events that are ongoing in Spain today even years after ETA has suspended its armed campaign.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Monumental. . . . As humorous as it is heartbreaking, Homelandexplores how various factions of Basque and Spanish society were violently pitted against one another for 50 years.” —The Millions
 
“[A] literary plea for regional reconciliation. . . . The psychological complexity of [Aramburu’s] characters, especially the women, creates dramatic intensity. One of the first literary novels to directly address the ongoing consequences of Basque sectarian violence.” —Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593310892
ISBN-10: 0593310896
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2020
Pages: 608
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