Minority Languages Translated Book Pick: Twist by Harkaitz Cano (Basque)

Set in the politically charged climate of the Basque Country in the 1980s, Twist relates the disappearance and brutal murder of two ETA militants at the hands of the Spanish army. The novel centers on their friend and fellow activist Diego Lazkano, who, since revealing his comrades to the authorities, has been tormented by guilt. With Diego as a point of departure, the novel enters into the lives of numerous characters directly or indirectly implicated in the murder. In Twist, Harkaitz Cano provides a multi-vocal account of a conscience and a society in turmoil. It is a tale of guilt, love, friendship, and betrayal, and of the difficulties that arise when one flees one’s own skin to inhabit the minds of others.

A prolific writer of novels, short stories, poetry, essays, plays, radio and television scripts, and comics, Harkaitz Cano is one of the leading literary figures of the Basque Country.

Twist
Harkaitz Cano
Translated from the Basque by Amaia Gabantxo
Archipelago Books
2018
ISBN: 9780914671831

Author
A prolific writer of novels, short stories, poetry, essays, plays, radio and television scripts, and comics, Harkaitz Cano is one of the leading literary figures of the Basque Country. His collection of short stories Neguko zirkua won the Spanish Critics Prize and his novel Twist won both the Spanish Critics Prize and the Euskadi Prize. Cano has often participated in performances combining literature with music and other arts. His books have been translated into nine languages.

Translator
Amaia Gabantxo is a literary translator, writer, and book critic. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and newspapers, including the Times Literary Supplement and The Independent. Her translation of Anjel Lertxundi’s Perfect Happiness was released by the University of Nevada Press in 2007. Gabantxo moonlights as a flamenco singer.

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