Concha Alborg

Patria, Fernando Aramburu’s Novel: neither Victims nor Executioners

 03/10/2017 - 01:50

Fernando Aramburu is a poet, essayist and novelist born in 1959 in San Sebastian, Spain. To date he has published more than twenty works and has received several important prizes, including the Prize of the Royal Academy and the Mario Vargas Llosa NH Prize in 2008 for his collection of short stories, Los peces de la amargura (The Fish of Bitterness). But his biggest critical and editorial success has been due to his latest novel, Patria (Home Country), chosen as the book of the year by ABC Cultural, now on its ninth printing with over 100,000 copies sold.

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Friday, March 10, 2017 - 2:36pm
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Patria (Barcelona, Tusquets, 2016) is a passionate and impassioned novel about the consequences of ETA on the Basque people, although none of its many characters in its over six-hundred pages, is neither a simple victim nor an executioner. 
Concha Alborg

Concha Alborg was born in Valencia, Spain, and grew up in Madrid. She has lived in The United States since the sixties, when she started her studies. She earned a Masters from Emory University (1977) and a Ph.D. from Temple University (1982). For over twenty years she was a professor of contemporary Spanish literature at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she still resides. Some of her academic publications are: Cinco figuras en torno a la novela de posguerra: Galvarriato, Soriano, Formica, Boixadós y Aldecoa (Libertarias, 1993), a critical edition of Caza menor by Elena Soriano (Castalia, 1992), Temas y técnicas en la narrativa de Jesús Fernández Santos (Gredos, 1984) and numerous articles and reviews.
Since her retirement from teaching, she has dedicated herself mostly to her creative work. She has published a memoir, Divorce after Death. A Widow´s Memoir (Shorehouse Books, 2014), a novel, American in Translation: A Novel in Three Novellas (XLibris, 2011) and two collections of short stories: Beyond Jet-Lag. Other Stories (Nuevo Espacio, 2000) and Una noche en casa (Huerga y Fierro, 1995).
At the present time she is working on a historical memoir project based on the letters between her parents during the Spanish Civil War, with the working title of The Don Juan Redemption.
Concha leads a writers’ group at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and is a board member of Philadelphia Stories. She also writes cultural columns and review for The Broad Street Review.