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Published in Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 9:3 (November 2008), pp. 367–368; doi: 10.1080/14636200802517291 Copyright © 2008 Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. Used by permission.


In this book written in Basque, Joseba Gabilondo offers a panoramic view of Basque literature from 1898 until 2002, focusing primarily on contemporary narrative. The book consists of ten chapters that the author has previously published as articles in English, Basque and Spanish in the last fifteen years. The title, translated by the author on his web page ( as Remnants of the Nation: Prolegomena to a Postnational History of Contemporary Basque Literature, calls attention to the main arguments that are developed in the book. As Gabilondo explains in the foreword, he uses the Basque word “hondarrak”—which means both “remnants” and “sand”—to convey the idea that the Basque country lives out of the remnants of the imperialist nation-state and, at the same time, to refer to the complexities and heterogeneity of Basque cultural reality. ... Gabilondo’s work will be of great interest for those who wish to know more about contemporary Basque literature, and those who are open to question traditional approaches to the study of both dominant national and so-called “minority” literatures.