Foyles Books' Staff Choice
"A novel for travellers and storytellers and an all too rare insight into the wonders of Basque culture."
Best Fiction of 2014
This ingenious and original historiographical novel tells the story of its own writing, as Uribe explores the history of his family and the Basque Country fishing community of which they have long been a part. Framed by the author's plane journey to the States, the web of digressions is mapped by ever-lengthening and constantly entwining cultural tendrils as the family diffuses around the world, led off by his father's trawler....
Bar Puerto: Voices from the Edge (2010)
Bar Puerto: Voices from the Edge
“At the turn of the new millennium, when he heard they’d be razing his grandparents' house, Kirmen Uribe had the thought of a performance piece, made up of oral history, poetry, video and music together. Soon he and the filmmaker Josu Eizagirre started asking questions of the people who would end up forming a chronicle of the twentieth century in the fishing town of Ondarroa. From the Civil War through the dark postwar years, the arrival of Galician fishermen in the nineteen-sixties, the disaster AIDS created in the nineteen-eighties, and the nineties immigration from Africa; at the close, today’s fisherman, who heads off to his fishing grounds by jet plane. Mikel Urdangarin set the whole to music, yoking traditional folksongs and his own work in response to the material. Bar Puerto: Voices from the edge was performed here and there in the Basque Country in the winter and spring of 2001. In October of 2009, a performance for the tenth anniversary was recorded live at Bilbao’s Bidebarrieta Library. Now the DVD has come out and, with it, a book containing the full text and lyrics, accompanied by Spanish and English translations.”—Elkar Argitaletxea, the publisher, on their website.