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The Basque Country is a land of fascinating paradoxes and enigmas.

A Cultural History

Hugging the elbow of the Bay of Biscay on both the French and Spanish sides of the Pyrenees, this small territory abounds in big contrasts, ranging from moist green valleys to semi-desert badlands, from snowy sierras to sandy beaches, from harsh industrial landscapes to bucolic beech woods. This often idyllic scenery is the stage for fierce political passions.

Almost every aspect of the Basque Country generates passionate disagreement, even its precise location. Spanish and French centralism, often authoritarian and sometimes brutal, has met with resistance for two centuries.

Gehry, may be the best work of architecture of the last century. Here then is a marvelous guide to the culture and landscape of one of the most intriguing places on Earth. Where are we, exactly? And what will we call this place? Chapter Two.

The Basque Country: A Cultural History

Bai, bai, Urdaibai: cave paintings, painted trees, tree of Gernika Chapter Four. The fronton at the heart of life: the power and beauty of pelota Chapter Five. Gastronomy: some answers to the most urgent Basque question Chapter Seven. Wow, Bilbao! The transformation of a tough city Chapter Eight.


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From the music of labor, to music as a labor of love Chapter Nine. Obaba in Asteasu: the Basque village as a literary universe Chapter Ten.

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Gudari for God Chapter Eleven. Serious Fun: fiestas in Laguardia Chapter Twelve. Don't mention the war: the dark side of Basque - and Spanish - politics Chapter Thirteen.

Living in shadowlands: Basque, but not Basque nationalist Chapter Fifteen. Navaree - heartland or hinterland? Chapter Sixteen. Mountain high: pleasure and penitence and pagan gods Chapter Seventeen. See All Customer Reviews.

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