The Child, by Fernando Aramburu

The boy Fernando Aramburu

The Child, by Fernando Aramburu, is the author's latest novel, published in 2024. Known above all for his book Patria and the criticism and censorship to which his book was subjected, he once again tells us a story of “Basque people.” that shocked the world.

But What is The Child about? What comments are there about the book? We will talk to you about all that and more below. Shall we start?

Synopsis of The Child, by Fernando Aramburu

still from The Boy in the Booktrailer

In less than 300 pages the author brings back from the historical memory of Spain an event that occurred in the 80s in which a little boy becomes the protagonist along with his family and how they had to move forward, sometimes uncovering unexpected aspects that transformed their daily lives forever.

We leave you the synopsis:

«A real accident in the Basque Country in the eighties, the devastated life of a family. An exciting, addictive and moving story, as only Aramburu knows how to tell.
Nicasio, now retired, usually goes up to the Ortuella cemetery on Thursdays to visit his grandson's grave. He is one of the many children who died after a gas explosion in a school in that town, an accident that shook the Basque Country and all of Spain in 1980. Because of the grandfather's adventures, a figure that grows until it becomes unforgettable, because of the testimony from the mother many years later, through the objective chronicle of what happened to the family, we will discover how that lacerating and devastating tragedy altered them, how it brought out unexpected aspects, how it disrupted their lives. With Aramburu's usual mastery, the reader will be immersed in a story of unexpected emotions, a psychological and literary exploration with a sharp scalpel that keeps us glued to the future of the protagonists' destinies. A novel that harbors such a high emotional density that it requires careful reading, until the last line, to understand, understand, and be moved by the fate of its protagonists.
New installment of the extraordinary frieze of "Basque People", The Child is a heartbreaking, unforgettable story, a literary prodigy from the best Aramburu. Due to the very humane treatment of the protagonists, and due to the literary resources used, The Child once again is a memorable novel, destined to become a literary event.

Our reviews

cover of The Child Catalan version

The Child, by Fernando Aramburu, went on sale at the beginning of April 2024, and although a short time has passed, at the time of publishing this article we already have enough opinions and reviews for you to get an idea of ​​whether it is worth it read the book or not is one of the best.

Here We leave you some of those comments:

«I have bought Aramburu's new book because I am descended from Ortuellanos and I remember the tragedy perfectly. I wanted to know how the author reflected pain. I thought it was an excellent work. It is read in one sitting and is of great literary quality. He has even innovated in narrative technique. As background, I will say that I did not like "Patria", however this book has taught me that Aramburu knows how to write very well. "It is one of the best current works among so much mediocrity that exists now in Spanish literature."

«A devastating accident, an event that emotionally shook all of Spain in 1980, is the starting point of a sensitive and lucid novel about grief. Three characters and their daily lives after the loss of a 6-year-old child, I can't summarize it any other way, it has impacted me quite a bit.

«I really like this writer and I consider him very good. It is well written but I found it boring.

«It is a beautiful story and very delicate with the subject it deals with. The way of telling it is very original. As always, Fernando Aramburu is masterful. My favourite".

«One more book about events in the Basque Country. His narrative makes any situation that happens to others live as if it were their own. It is his way of writing and how to describe details, situations or own experiences, which is why he is my Spanish Murakami. Thank you, Mr. Fernando.

As you can see, the vast majority of opinions and reviews about the book are very positive. In addition to bringing a real event to “life,” what Aramburu does is make readers feel everything that was experienced at that time. Now, it is not a book that is going to reveal secrets of the investigation or give a twist to the event, but rather it will remain faithful to what happened (with some licenses).

Fernando Aramburu, the author of The Child

Fernando Aramburu is quite well known in the literary sector, but also as translator and Spanish teacher. He was born in 1959 in San Sebastián, and, in 1983, he graduated in Hispanic Philology at the University of Zaragoza. In 1985 he left for the Federal Republic of Germany where he taught Spanish language to the descendants of emigrants.

His first book was published in 1996, Fires with lemon, which told, in some way, his experiences in the CLOC Group, a foundation he created on the cultural life of the Basque Country, Navarra and Madrid (art, poetry, humor, counterculture...).

From that book onwards, several more followed, until in 2009 he dedicated himself exclusively to his books.

Works by Fernando Aramburu

Although Fernando Aramburu took a very big leap with his book Patria (which made him world famous and everyone knew about him), the truth is that this was not his first book. In reality, he has a lot of books in his literary career, so You will not be left without reading the author.

Here We leave you the entire list:

  • Novela
    • Fires with lemon.
    • The Empty Eyes: Antibula Trilogy 1.
    • The trumpeter of Utopia.
    • Life of a louse named Matías, children's novel.
    • Bami Without a Shadow: Antibula Trilogy 2.
    • Travel with Clara through Germany.
    • Slow years: Basque people 2.
    • The great Marivián: Antibula Trilogy 3.
    • Avid pretensions.
    • Homeland.
    • The swifts.
    • Children of the fable: Basque people 3.
    • The child: Basque people 4.
  • story books
    • Not being doesn't hurt.
    • The brick thief, children's story.
    • The artist and his corpse, miscellany and short stories.
    • Mariluz and the flying children, children's story.
    • The fish of bitterness: Basque people 1.
    • The watchman of the fjord.
    • Mariluz and her strange adventures, three children's stories.
  • Tests
    • The half-closed letters.
    • Deep veins.
    • Utility of misfortunes and other texts, anthology of press articles.
  • Poetry
    • The booklet, poems for children.
    • Shadow bird. 1977−1980.
    • Haze and consciousness. 1977−1990.
    • The booklet, children's poetry.
    • I would like to rain. 1977−2011.
    • Self-portrait without me, poetic prose.
    • Corporal symphony, poetry collected 1977−2005.
  • Translations
    • Arno Schmidt: Brand's Heath.
    • Max Frisch: Montauk.
    • Wolfgang Borchert: Complete works.
    • Ernst Haffner: Blood brothers.
    • Sacha Batthyany: The Rechnitz massacre. Family history.

Have you read The Child, by Fernando Aramburu? What do you think?


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