The End of Violence in the Basque Country

April 12, 2012

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Fernando Aramburu

Spain faces for the first time a chance to end terrorist violence in the Basque Country. However, for many intellectuals the complexity of the Basque problem is something that requires careful analysis to avoid a purely formal resolution. Fernando Aramburu, who was born in San Sebastian in 1959, has addressed in his novels and newspaper articles the current status of the Basque problem in which the relatives of the victims, the murderers, and their accomplices live in desperate coexistence and in fear and shame. He has done so without demagoguery or excesses. There is no need; the narrative is eloquent enough. Aramburu recently won the Tusquets Prize for his novel Años lentos, which the jury praised for its “Dickensian story of a childhood during the sixties in the Basque Country.”

This event is presented in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English.

Recorded Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago.