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A Time We Knew: Images of Yesterday in the Basque Homeland

A Time We Knew: Images of Yesterday in the Basque Homeland

by William Albert Allard

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For two months in 1967, Allard, an American, visited the Basque homeland in the Pyrenee Mountains between France and Spain, photographing a peasant culture that has since given way to technological progress. He was aided by Laxalt, a native of the region, who here depicts in poetic vignettes the Basques as they then were. The brief text combines with 70 color photos to create a spellbinding flow of words and images: a young shepherd displays a preference for solitude as he unsmilingly extends hospitality to visitors; modern-day bards tell stories and speak their emotions through song; villagers participate in the weekly market. Solemn elderly people and curious children gaze into the camera but young adults are conspicuously absent, suggesting that simple Basque life cannot compete with the lure of money and the metropolis. Allard's photographs glow and, with the text, form a prepossessing volume that allows a poignant glimpse of a vanished lifestyle. (Dec.)
The evocative text is by Laxalt, who qualifies for the task by being of Basque descent, by having lived in Basque country, and by the internationally acclaimed quality of his writing (The Basque Hotel, A Cup of tea in Pamplona). The poignant and lovely photographs are by Allard, whose work has also been widely acknowledged. His photographs were taken during his sojourn in Basque country during the late 1960s, when the old ways of life were just beginning to be supplanted. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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University of Nevada Press
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Basque Series
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9.92(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.64(d)

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