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Zazpi etxe Frantzian

1903 and Captain Lalande Biran overseeing a garrison on the banks of the Congo has an ambition to amass a fortune and return to the literary cafés of Paris His glamorous wife Christine has a further. One dimensional characters and an unremittingly tawdry bleak atmosphere Ploughs similar terrain to Joseph Conrad and JG Farrell but with nothing like the emotional force of the former or the subtly drawn social intricacies of the latter The publisher s blurb describes it as blackly comic but any comedy was completely lost on me

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Ambition to own seven houses in France a house for every year he has been abroadAt the Captain’s side are an ex legionnaire womaniser and a servile treacherous man who dreams of running a brothel At. Bernardo Atxaga is an author from the Basue Country in Northern Spain who writes in Euskera Basue and Spanish Seven Houses in France was written in his mother tongue and translated into Spanish under his supervision and then into English This double translation doesn t seem to show perhaps because the translator is Margaret Jull Costa who has translated the most notable of Iberian authors including the Nobel Prize winning Jos Saramago She has captured Atxaga s ironies perfectly The blurb on the back cover of this novel includes a reference to Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness and there are some superficial similarities Seven Houses in France is set in the remote reaches of the Congo River in the days of colonialism and there is likewise a character whose arrival upsets the established order of things In Heart of Darkness Conrad redefined what savagery was for the 20th century with the swirling mists of uncertainty and moral confusion in Marlow s search for Mr Kurtz and Atxaga s novel shows us who the real savages are too The difference between them is that Conrad was a citizen of Imperialist Britain observing the effects of colonialism Atxaga a Basue nationalist identifies with the perspective of a subject people Seven Houses in France is a satire and in this novel there is always a sense that the colonisers will eventually get their just dessertsTo read the rest of my review please visit A Daddy for Christmas reference to Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness and there are some superficial similarities Seven Houses in France is set in the Banned in Britain remote Hour of the Beast reaches of the Congo River in the days of colonialism and there is likewise a character whose arrival upsets the established order of things In Heart of Darkness Conrad Dictionary Of Dreams redefined what savagery was for the 20th century with the swirling mists of uncertainty and moral confusion in Marlow s search for Mr Kurtz and Atxaga s novel shows us who the The Love of a Latino real savages are too The difference between them is that Conrad was a citizen of Imperialist Britain observing the effects of colonialism Atxaga a Basue nationalist identifies with the perspective of a subject people Seven Houses in France is a satire and in this novel there is always a sense that the colonisers will eventually get their just dessertsTo Other Days, Other Eyes read the Deception Island rest of my The Family review please visit

Bernardo Atxaga â 3 read

Their hands the jungle is transformed into a wild circus of human ambition and absurdity But everything changes with the arrival of a new officer and brilliant marksman the enigmatic Chrysostome Liè. This is the latest Bernardo Atxaga s novelAtxaga is one of the most brilliant Spanish author who usually writes in Euskera his mother tongue but he personally monitors the translation process from Euskera to SpanishHe is an author who enjoys discover fantastic and fresh new literary territories and this story is placed in a lost town of Congo named Yangambi and talks about the mission of a group of Belgian soldiers in Lepoldo II of Belgium TimesCaptain Lalande Biran dreams of return to Paris and his famous poet s life but his wife Christine asks him to earn enough money to buy seven houses in FranceThe arrival of a new and enigmatic official Chrysostome Liege has a dramatic impact in the ordinary life of the Belgian troops in YangambiI liked so much this fresh and original history and only missed a deeper development of some characters as the Black African Princess Bamu


10 thoughts on “Zazpi etxe Frantzian

  1. says:

    The book opens with a rather dour new officer arriving by boat on his first posting abroad The officer Chrysostome doesn’t attempt to fit in with his fellow officers and they in turn despise his puritan upbrin

  2. says:

    a fast read and much less opaue than previous atxaga novels chronicles an intimate look at one belgium post on the congo in 1904ish so a bit claustrophobic story of the soldiers colonial troops slaves workers rubber tappers mahogany stealers ivory smugglers the latter two being officers stealing these commodities from king leopold and selling them in europe and becoming filthy rich why is it the rich seem most always filthy? and of cours

  3. says:

    One dimensional characters and an unremittingly tawdry bleak atmosphere Ploughs similar terrain to Joseph Conrad and JG Farrell but with nothing like the emotional force of the former or the subtly drawn social intricacies of the latter The publisher’s blurb describes it as “blackly comic” but any comedy w

  4. says:

    Bernardo Atxaga is an author from the Basue Country in Northern Spain who writes in Euskera Basue and Spanish Seven Houses in France was written in his mother tongue and translated into Spanish under his supervision and then into English This double translation doesn’t seem to show perhaps because the translator is Margaret Jull Costa who has translated the most notable of Iberian authors including the Nobel Prize winning José Saramag

  5. says:

    This novel by the Basue writer Bernardo Atxaga is a change of pace the black humorous story of greed in the Congo in the early 1900s at the time of King Léopold II of Belgium the man who raped the Congo of its natural resources while the Congo was under Belgian domination The novel concerns a group of soldiers in the Force Publiue which I assume to be a police force with European officers and Congolese NCOs The Captain's wife since he's b

  6. says:

    When it comes to tales of corruption in the Belgian Congo it’s hard to compete with the canonical sualor of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness But Seven Houses in France manages to infuse a colorful layer of vulgarity and humor i

  7. says:

    This is the latest Bernardo Atxaga’s novelAtxaga is one of the most brilliant Spanish author who usually writes in Euskera his mot

  8. says:

    Just finished reading this and not for the first time with a foreign language book I don't think the writing style has travelled well It's as though the literal meaning has been translated but the soul of the novel the authors voice has been well and truly lost Fascinating setting interesting set up but ultimately a bit of a let down

  9. says:

    This is a strange book It's enjoyable enough although the whole thing feels like a set up for something but that payoff scene never

  10. says:

    A book which promised much but ultimately wasn't uite as good as I thought it was going to be It has the makings of a very clever book which rem

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