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Muy buena acogida de "Nevada Days" a los pocos días de publicarse en los Estados Unidos

12-07-2018  ¦  Publicaciones

Anunciábamos hace unos días la publicación en los Estados Unidos de "Nevada Days" (Días de Nevada, Pamiela 2013). Los primeros comentarios y reseñas no se han hecho esperar y están siendo de lo más positivas. Varias revistas la han incluido sus listas favoritas para este verano y The Millions la incluye entre las novedades literarias más importantes para esta segunda mitad del año 2018.

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La editorial Graywolf Press publicó en junio Nevada Days, con traducción de Margaret Jull Costa. Tras su publicación en el Reino Unido el año pasado, esta vez le ha tocado el turno a la edición norteamericana de Días de Nevada.

Atxaga comenzó la redacción de este libro durante la estancia que realizó en Reno (Nevada) junto a toda su familia entre el 2007 y el 2008. Mitad crónica y mitad novela, obtuvo el Premio Euskadi de Literatura del 2014.

Nada más publicarse en los Estados Unidos ya estamos recibiendo las primeras reseñas y comentarios en la prensa estadounidense, entre los que destaca este artículo publicado en el Washington Post por el escritor nacido en Reno Matt Gallagher.

"Nevada Days serves as an inverse retelling of [Laxalt’s Sweet Promised Land], and through the precision of Atxaga’s language and the truths about Nevada and America he brings forth, it certainly meets the standard set by its predecessor. Its pages carry the smell of sagebrush and ring of slot machines, and will bring readers deep into its messy beauty. (...) A number of Nevadans have cultivated a proud literature over the years, from Clark and Robert Laxalt to more recent offerings by Claire Vaye Watkins, Willy Vlautin and Caleb S. Cage. Celebrated Basque author Bernardo Atxaga now joins their ranks. His genre-blurring Nevada Days neither loves nor scorns Reno so much as mulls it over slowly, deliberately."
The Washington Post

O Magazine y Fiction Advocate lo incluyen en sus lista de "libros para leer este verano", y The Millions lo incluye entre las grandes novedades literarias de la segunda mitad del año 2018. Las reseñas que está recibiendo en diferentes medios están siendo realmente positivas.

"In brief journal-entry chapters translated into English by the inimitable Margaret Jull Costa, Atxaga’s grand curiosity never dulls or wavers, nor does his wife’s and two daughters’. Part of the thrill of Nevada Days is to marvel at a family’s ceaseless desire to explore America at a crossroads during the limited time they have. (...) One assumes that the novel was a fascinating sort of travelogue for his Basque and Spanish readers—a report on America from one of their country’s most gifted storytellers. For Americans, though, in the five years since the novel’s publication, the chronicle of Atxaga and his family’s unflagging enthusiasm as they look for this thing called America may offer us something far more necessary—what the family discovers is the prologue to the country we find ourselves in today". The Millions

"A rapt and thoroughly entertaining work of autobiographical fiction. . . . Nevada Days pulls many threads together to make a rich and captivating tapestry. Atxaga is a persistently sharp writer, crossing boundaries and bringing different worlds closer." Shelf Awareness

"Told in short, bite-size bursts of prose, Nevada Days manages the difficult task of being a convincing thriller where the plot is unfolding one door away from the presumed protagonist."
World Literature Today

"A foreboding, atmospheric slow burn. . . . The real genius of this novel is Atxaga’s unique blending of autobiography and fiction, of a piece with Karl Knausgaard and Ben Lerner".

"[Nevada Days] takes a diary form, and thoughts, observations, and memories, bump into each other like buoys on the sea... Readers will smell the pervasive sagebrush and feel the lurking danger of the Wild West, a place where footsteps quickly disappear in the dry air and always shifting sand".

"The sublime meets the surreal in this hypnotic blend of memoir and fiction by the great Basque writer as he explores Reno, Nevada, an outpost teeming with David Lynch–like menace and haunted dreams".

"In real life, Bernardo Atxaga had a nine-month-long residency at the University of Nevada’s Center for Basque Studies. That experience provides the inspiration for this novel, which fictionalizes his time in Nevada and offers a glimpse of shifting landscapes, dislocation, and the surreal".
Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"Atxaga's intriguing new novel, Nevada Days, is a marvelous melange that combines interwoven time- and storylines with journal-like entries, fiction, and memoir to create a literary effect at once entertaining and disturbing... Atxaga's powers of observation are as keen as they are concise. He lets spare language do the work other stylists can only envy... If Walter Van Tilburg Clark, who was actually born in Maine, captured the essence of 1940s Reno in his celebrated City of Trembling Leaves, a persuasive argument can be made that Atxaga has caught the strange, beautiful, and troubled spirit of the place during the first years of the new century".
Pasatiempo magazine, Santa Fe New Mexican