NERE BASABE

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Nere Basabe (Bilbao, 1978) studied at the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg besides earning a degree in Philosophy and a PhD in the History of Political Thought from the Complutense University in Madrid. 

A specialist in the intellectual history of nineteenth-century France, she worked for two years as a researcher at Sciences-Po Paris. She is currently a lecturer and researcher at the University of the Basque Country and the Complutense University. 

Basabe is the author of Clara Venus (Tropo Editores Zaragoza, 2008), a historical novel about Paris in Baudelaire’s time. 

Her short stories have won several prizes and been published in prestigious Spanish literary journals. She was awarded a fellowship at the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid (2005–2008) and won a scholarship from the International Valparaíso Foundation to write her second novel (2012). 

She teaches literary workshops and writes film and literary reviews for several digital media. She is also a contributor to the Spanish daily El País

Also a translator, her work includes the translation of Tocqueville. Une biographie intellectuelle (Paris, Fayard, 2009 – Madrid, Tecnos, 2015). 

Heressay on the subject of De l’Empire à la Fédération. Idée d’Europe et projets d’union continentale, 1814−1848 was published by L’Harmattan in 2015..

Her second novel, El límite inferior, was published by Salto de Página in May 2015.

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El límite inferior (Salto de Página, mayo 2015)

Over a weekend four characters happen to coincide in La Solana, a small seaside destination on the Mediterranean coast battered by stormy weather. Victor and Valeria, a couple in the midst of a crisis, are supposedly on a business trip but really seem to be there to put an end to their relationship. Breogán and Brigitte are an artisan and a tourist guide stranded in this lost corner of the world who, though they cross each other daily in the town’s narrow streets, never meet.

 

In the first part of the novel —The Winds— stormy tidings arrive from the outside world while in the second —The Tides— the four characters are stirred to their innermost depths. The storm, a car crash and the mysterious disappearance of a young boy punctuate the emptiness or sense of absence in their lives, which become wrapped in an atmosphere of imminent turmoil on the brink of something crucial.

 

An intimist novel with echoes of Chirbes, Gopegui or Houellebecq, El límite inferior (Limit inferior) delves into the dark corners of the entertainment and tourist industry that made Spain scale the heights from where the first signs of the descent to come were already starting to show.