Euskaltzaindia, the Royal Academy of the Basque Language, has appointed Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga full member of the academy in the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz.
As articles of association establish, the incorporation of new members has been approved by the absolute majority.
Thus, Atxaga takes over from priest and poet Juan Mari Lekuona, deceased in 2005. His candidacy was promoted by Academy members Juan Luis Lizundia, Ana Toledo and Xabier Kintana.
Joseba Irazu Garmendia, better known as Bernardo Atxaga, was born 1951 in Asteasu, in the province of Gipuzkoa. With a degree in commerce and despite having worked as a Basque teacher and radio scriptwriter, he has been in literature over the last years.
The Basque writer published his theatre play Borobila eta puntua in 1972. Four years later he wrote his first novel titled Ziutateaz and it was Ethiopia's turn in 1978, his first book of poetry.
In principle, he chose aesthetic and ideological avant-garde movement, but in 1980 he began writing literature for children. Moreover, he published one of his most popular pieces of work: Obabakoak.
Gizona bere bakardadean, Lekuak and Soinujolearen semea are three of many of his works.
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