When Liborio Uribe found out he was going to die, he wanted to see for the last time a certain painting of Aurelio Arteta’s. He had spent his whole life in the deep-sea fisheries, plying the seas aboard the Dos Amigos and, like his son Jose, captain of the Toki Argia, was the hero of unforgettable stories that were subsequently forgotten forever. Years later and confronting that same painting, his grandson Kirmen, a writer and poet, goes seining through those family stories to write a novel.
“Bilbao–New York–Bilbao” takes place during a flight between the airport of Bilbao and JFK in New York, and unravels the history of three generations of the same family. By means of cards, diaries, e-mails, poems and dictionaries, it creates a mosaic of remembrances that together make up a memorial to a world that is nearly extinct, and at the same time a praise-song to the enduringness of life.
With this novel, Kirmen Uribe had a brilliant debut on the Hispanic literary scene. The work received the National Prize of Literature 2009, the Critics´ Prize 2008 in Basque language, the Ramón Rubial Foundation Prize and the Booksellers Guild of Euskadi Prize. Considered to be one of the most outstanding renovators of present-day literature, Uribe delves into the waters of autobiography with a rich style, complex and evocative, that is truly moving.