About this book
An erudite and affectionate history of the Basque people, a nation without a country, the origins of which go back to pre-Roman times, and whose own story parallels that of Europe as a whole. With a lifelong interest in Basque history, Kurlansky weaves a beguiling tale combining political, literary and culinary history. 40 illus.
They are a mythical people, almost an imagined people, writes Kurlansky. Signs of their civilization exist well before the arrival of the Romans in 218BC. Their forbidden tongue is equally mysterious, it is related to no other, but today the Basques are enjoying what may be the most important cultural renaissance in their long existence.