A major work, considered the fundamental novel of modern Basque literature."e;Martutene could well be considered the highest summit of Basque-language novels. . . . This superb novel recalls the greatness of Tolstoy and the obsessive stylistic accuracy of Flaubert."e; ngel Basanta, El CulturalSet in the current Basque Country, Martutene is an ambitious and truly grand novel with a splendid array of characters: two bourgeois couples worn down by years of marriage, their group of friends, and the newcomer Lynn, a young American sociologist. An insightful portrait of the post-ETA Basque country and an exploration of those thoughts and feelings that expose our miseries and our deepest fears as human beings.