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Edorta Jimenez presented in Berlin the German edition of “Baleen berbaroa”; Basque Day dinner today


Writer Edorta Jimenez (middle) at a reading of Die Stimmer del Wale in Berlin (photo BerlinEE)
Writer Edorta Jimenez (middle) at a reading of Die Stimmer del Wale in Berlin (photo BerlinEE)


Just as many Basque clubs around the world, Berlin’s Basque club will celebrate the International Day of Euskera today. The Basque community in the German capital will gather at a dinner what will also serve to close this year’s activities. Last Thursday, the club had a very special invited guest: writer Edorta Jimenez who presented the German translation of Baleen berbaroa (The Whale’s Murmur). The book was published in Germany by Mohland and is called Die Stimmer der Wale.

Berlin, Germany.  Tonight the Berlin Basque club will celebrate the International Day of the Basque Language with a dinner in the Schoneberg neighborhood that will gather club members and friends.  With this event the Basque club concludes this year’s activities.

Recent events organized by the club include the presentation of the German edition of the historical novel Baleen berbaroa by Edorta Jimenez.  The writer himself attended the reading organized by the euskal etxea last Thursday, November 29 at the Literatureform in the Brecht-Haus Center.  The presentation began at 19:00 and was attended by club members, Basque students in Berlin as well as many other people interested in the work.

Berlin Edorta Jimenez 2012

[From left to right, translator Hans Joachim Wilke, Edorta Jimenez and Lourdes Izagirre at the presentation (photo BerlinEE)]

The event was presented by Lourdes Izagirre, and included the participation of Edorta Jimenez and the book’s translator,  Hans Joachim Wilke.  Both talked about the writing and translation process of this novel.  Additionally, Christine Paasch red some passages of the work in German.

The book was first published in 2012 by Mohlan entitled, Die Stimme der Wale.  The book is part of the historic trilogy Piztien itsasoa (The Beasts’ Sea).  Its presentation and reading were organized by the Berlin Basque club with the collaboration of the Etxepare Basque Institute.


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