In 2011, the Basque separatist group ETA declared a definitive end to its four-decade campaign of terrorist violence, ushering in a new era of peace for this northern corner of Spain.
In the essay ‘Skin Against Stone: Spain’s Basque Labyrinth’, Guy Hedgecoe examines how a region with a rich culture and history became embroiled in a spiral of violence involving both terrorism and state death squads and how it continues to grapple with its past today. Among those he meets are a journalist who was maimed by a terrorist bomb, a young man who discovers to his horror that his best friend is an ETA member and a nationalist politician who is determined to heal the wounds of the recent past. Through reportage and historical analysis, ‘Skin Against Stone’ offers an insightful view of one of Europe’s most fascinating and troubled regions.
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