Born in San Sebastián in 1959, Fernando Aramburu is considered one of the most remarkable Spanish writers. Now based in Germany, where he lectures in Spanish language, Aramburu’s critically acclaimed novel Homeland – his first to be translated into English – is yet another highlight in this author’s formidable career to date.
Aramburu’s Homeland is a heart-breaking story and devastating exploration of the meaning of family, friendship, what it’s like to live in the shadow of terrorism, and how countries and their people can possibly come to terms with their violent pasts. Two best friends and their families are divided by the conflicting loyalties of terrorism, with events racing towards a violent, tragic conclusion.
Originally published in 2016 in Spanish, the novel has won numerous awards including the National Prize for Literature, National Critics Prize, Euskadi Prize, Francisco Umbral Prize, Strega European Prize, and Tomasi di Lampedusa Prize.
In his more than 20 years as a writer, Aramburu has produced a number of novels, poetry and short-story collections and even children’s book. His most recent book, Autorretrato sin mí (Self-portrait without me) was published in 2018 and is a deeply personal novel-come-memoir, capturing scenes of family, relationships and love.
- Festival dates:
- 15–31 Aug 2020
- Programme launch:
- end of July