Bernardo AtxagaBernardo Atxaga (Joseba Irazu Garmendia, b. 1951) is an award-winning Basque writer, whose work spans adult and children's prose, poetry, radio, cinema and theatre, as well as short stories. He first achieved national and international fame with Obabakoak (1988), which won the National Literature Prize 1989 and has been translated into more than twenty languages. His novels have won critical acclaim in Spain and abroad; most recently, Margaret Jull Costa's translation of Seven Houses in France was shortlisted for the 2012 Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize.
Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa.
Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the prize-winning writer and illustrator Mikel Valverde Fine Arts, where he started creating comics, and illustrations for his own stories. He and Bernardo Atxaga have published several books together since then, in addition to the Shola stories.