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A brief history of Basque literature

There was hardly any literary production during this period in the shadow of the echo of a beaten, bowed Basque Country; they were dark times full of tears and not conducive to creation, not capable of interpreting and expressing the Basque Country’s drama through literature.

The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) put an end to the passionate revival of Basque literature. Although the war affected the Southern Basque Country, the Second World War (1939-45) left the literary movements of the Northern Basque Country in a dire situation. The Gure Herria journal bears witness to this: after being published without interruption between 1921 and 1939, it fell silent from 1939 to 1950.

The Civil War destroyed the dreams of many Basques. Sadness and pessimism dominated. Moreover, many Basques were forced into exile. In those harsh circumstances we can find places where literature was cultivated secretly between 1939 and 1957.

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