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Ramon Saizarbitoria: Ramon Saizarbitoria (Gipuzkoa, 1944) is a Basque writer who lives in San Sebastian. He has a BA in Sociology (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) and is a member of the Royal Academy of Basque language. He has published over 12 novels, 4 essays and won twice the Basque Country's Literature Prize.


"A disruptive romance illuminates complexities of ethnic and political identity in Saizarbitoria's substantial novel set in the Basque region in Spain... a probing and sophisticated work that is already being celebrated as a modern classic."-Booklist, starred review; "In its eight hundred pages, the rich and even exciting plotlines feel as if they unfold slowly, surrounded as they are by so much other material, but that is also one of the book's pleasures and surely why others are predicting it will be a classic. Like the Basque people, Martutene gives so much."-Words Without Borders; "A sprawling novel of post-independence movement Basque life and its discontents ... rich in perception."-Kirkus Reviews; "Martutene is probably the most important Basque novel yet to be written; this is a primus inter pares book destined to become the central piece of the new canon."-Joseba Gabilondo (Michigan State University); "Martutene could well be considered the highest summit of Basque-language novels ... This superb novel recalls the greatness of Tolstoy and the obsessive stylistic accuracy of Flaubert ... It is a novel that rightfully deserves being included among the greatest novels of the twenty-first century."-Angel Basanta, El Cultural; "A landmark Basque novel. Nothing compares to it."-Jon Kortazar, Insula; "Perhaps one of the best novels, if not the best, ever written in Basque language."-Suma Cultural; "Saizarbitoria is one of the greatest Basque-language writers ... A veteran of Basque literature that has also been the first to write a modern novel."-Benito Garrido, Culturamas; "I would dare say that nobody in our literature has shown such mastery in the creation of fiction characters."-Hasier Etxeberria,

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