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Laxalt, Robert 1923-2001

Works: 47 works in 229 publications in 5 languages and 11,957 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Domestic fiction  Didactic fiction  Pictorial works  Political fiction  Short stories  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3562.A9525, 813.54
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Wilderness U.S.A. by National Geographic Book Service( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of wilderness areas in the U.S. features scores of color photographs, maps, descriptions, and essays from a variety of authors
Nevada : a Bicentennial history by Robert Laxalt( Book )

12 editions published between 1970 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The words of native Navadans and a picture essay on Nevada as it is today accent a narrative review of the state's historical development and the diverse facets of its makeup
A man in the wheatfield by Robert Laxalt( Book )

17 editions published between 1964 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Father Savio Lazzaroni is obsessed with a vision of evil. Mayor Manuel Cafferata is only concerned with his own standing in a tiny village peopled with Italian immigrants. Into their isolated town comes Smale Calder, the first outsider to set up business in the tightly knit society. The events that befall these three men and the villagers reveal the chilling ways in which people deal with fear and prejudice. When Calder's secret passion for rattlesnakes is discovered, the lives of all involved are changed in a dramatic sequence of emotions and events. Laxalt's quiet buildup of suspense and violence will sneak up on readers and leave them questioning the meaning of good and innocence
The Basque Hotel by Robert Laxalt( Book )

15 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Dust devils by Robert Laxalt( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and Spanish and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Ira Hamilton's plan to marry an Indian girl is opposed by his father, a racist Nevada rancher. But the theft of a horse will give Ira the opportunity to show he is man enough to make his own decisions. Some strong language, some violence and some descriptions of sex
Child of the Holy Ghost by Robert Laxalt( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and Spanish and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"You're our mother and this is your country," I shouted at her, anything to stop her pain. "We don't care about that Middle Ages nonsense over there." But "over there" in his mother's natal Basque village, Pete finds himself stepping back into a medieval morality, into the rigid and unrelenting code of his ancestors, older and stronger than reason. Denied by his own blood kin, cold anger forges his determination to pierce the silence of the villagers and learn the circumstances of his mother's birth. One by one the ghosts rise up. Jeanne, beautiful and headstrong, who carried her head too high and invited a disaster she would defiantly embrace. Garat, her father, solid and unyielding as the stone of his ancestral house. Maitia, the golden child who would be Pete's mother, born to the hellish accompaniment of rough music that was the village's supreme censure for her mother's violation of the moral code. On the day of her First Communion, Maitia's cold baptism into the realm of shame killed forever her smile of innocence and stiffened a resolve that would last her lifetime. All her passion would be distilled toward one end - gaining the respect that, finally, could only be found across the sea, in America. Interwoven is the story of Petya, Pete's father, forced by accident to flee the high Pyrenees and find a new life as a lonely sheepherder in the northern deserts of Nevada. His struggles with loneliness and the temptations of emerging manhood provide a background for the stark reality of a young immigrant whose pain and growing sense of self-determination transform him into the essential being we know as American. In Robert Laxalt's earlier works he has written hauntingly of the beauty of his ancestral Basque homeland. Now, in the second volume of his Basque family trilogy, he lifts the veil that conceals the subtle cruelties of those fierce guardians of private scandal, the villagers who will keep from the world what is dear to them
A time we knew : images of yesterday in the Basque homeland by William Albert Allard( Book )

8 editions published in 1990 in English and Spanish and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sweet promised land by Robert Laxalt( Book )

38 editions published between 1957 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A large print edition of the account a son writes of his father, an old Basque sheepherder who lived and worked in the American West for most of his life, who, in fulfilling his dream of returning to the Pyrenees, came to a new realization of what America meant to him
The governor's mansion by Robert Laxalt( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and Spanish and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The efforts of Leon Indart, governor of Nevada, to clean the state of mob-controlled gambling and his unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. Third volume in a family saga begun in The Basque Hotel
A cup of tea in Pamplona by Robert Laxalt( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Time of the rabies by Robert Laxalt( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and Spanish and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the 1920s, a rabies epidemic swept across northern Nevada, decimating wildlife and livestock herds. This historic event is the background for acclaimed writer Robert Laxalt's brilliant new novella. Time of the Rabies follows owner Pete Lorda and his family and ranch hands as the epidemic swirls around them, pulling humans and animals into an epic battle against an invisible but deadly foe. Beginning when a roving coyote is bitten by a rabid bat, the epidemic spreads like wildfire through the local coyote population, and soon whole bands of rabid, maddened coyotes are attacking Lorda's sheep flocks. As he and his hands struggle to protect the sheep, the disease appears on the home ranch itself, infecting first valued animals and then some of the hands. Once again, Robert Laxalt has produced a lively, unforgettable story of the West and its hardy people. No other writer has captured so vividly the character of the Basque sheepmen and their harsh, solitary lives, or the precarious community of a ranch besieged by an insidious, lethal enemy
A lean year and other stories by Robert Laxalt( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of sixteen short stories, Robert Laxalt evokes the Nevada of the 1950s with illuminating insight. Written when Laxalt was in his twenties, the stories are as fresh as if they were penned yesterday. Humanity good and bad, humor and cruelty, satire and adventure are found in these early stories of a Nevada poised on the brink of change. In the lead story, Cowboy Clint Hamilton laments that the town is "getting more like a big city every day" as the traditional gambling joints of earlier times give way to the gaudy casinos that will soon become modern glitz. In another story, set in the remote rangelands of northern Nevada where livestock is king, Old Button can only fantasize about being "the best buckaroo that ever lived." On a Paiute Indian reservation only sixty miles from Reno, a citified lawyer learns how thin civilization's veneer can be for two Indian youths who revert to primitive ways of killing without a twinge of remorse. Laxalt finds poignancy in the last of the old timers in small-town Carson City. On a winter's night, Tom walks from his shack to the town's shabby pool hall. There, he finds familiar warmth from the pot-bellied stove and the company of two childhood friends. The friends exist only in ghostly form, but that is enough for old Tom. Dilapidated Virginia City of old silver boom days is determined not to become a ghost town. A mingling of descendants of Cornish miners, a one-time desperado, artists and writers who have found a refuge, and a marshal reincarnated from the Old West provide the author with the ingredients for a delightful spoof. Sobering experiences from his days as a reporter give Laxalt an insight into murderers and prison life and lethal gas chambers. In a chilling short story, "The Snake Pen," we find the seed of Robert Laxalt's celebrated novel, A Man In the Wheatfield
Chillida at Gernika : birth of a monument, "Gure aitaren etxea," "Our father's house." by Eduardo Chillida( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of sculptures, models and preliminary works for the monument Gure Aitaren Extea: Our father's house installed at Guernica, Apr. 1988
In a hundred graves; a Basque portrait by Robert Laxalt( Book )

8 editions published between 1972 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confrontant un noyau imaginaire, fait de réminiscences et d'affects, à une subtile exploration ethnique, l'auteur suspend le monde rural basque des années 60 entre rêve et réalité. Derrière l'apparente simplicité des portraits et des paysages, la conscience d'un mystère, l'expérience de l'étrangeté et la présence d'une mémoire asphyxiante sont la principale force de ce roman autobiographique
Dominique by Robert Laxalt( Book )

4 editions published in 1958 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The land of my fathers : a son's return to the Basque country by Robert Laxalt( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1960, renowned Nevada writer Robert Laxalt moved himself and his family to a small Basque village in the French Pyrenees. The son of Basque emigrants Laxalt wanted to learn as much as he could about the ancient and mysterious people from whom he was descended and about the country from which his parents came. Thanks to his Basque surname and a wide network of family connections, Laxalt was able to penetrate the traditional reserve of the Basques in a way that outsiders rarely can."--BOOK JACKET. "Based on Laxalt's personal journals of this and a later sojourn in 1965, The Land of My Fathers is a moving record of a people and their homeland. Through Laxalt's perceptive eyes, and his wife Joyce's photographs, we observe the Basques' market days and festivals, participate in pilgrimages to remote mountain chapels, join their dove hunts and harvests, share their humor and history, their deep sense of nationalism, their abiding pride in their culture and their homes, and discover the profound sources of the Basques' strength and their endurance as a people."--Jacket
The violent land : tales the old timers tell by Robert Laxalt( Book )

2 editions published between 1953 and 2015 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short stories focusing on frontier Nevada, often featuring military conflicts with Indians or mining-camp life in booming Virginia City
A sheepherder's son : Robert Laxalt( Visual )

2 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Laxalt is Nevada's foremost living writer. He is the author of over two hundred magazine articles and twelve books. ... In this candid interview, Laxalt discusses his youth in Nevada, his relationship with his father and his experiences as a newspaper reports, university news director, magazine journalist, and novelist. Robert Laxalt's humor, warmth and humility are apparent in this revealing portrait of his life and his writing"--Container label
The other Nevada by Robert Laxalt( Book )

2 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Travels with my Royal : a memoir of the writing life by Robert Laxalt( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nevada's preeminent living writer reveals the ideas and creative process behind his published work. Renowned Nevada writer Robert Laxalt has embraced a wide range of subjects in his nearly half-century career. In this candid, beautifully written memoir, he explores for the first time what is perhaps his most difficult subject ever - himself and his life as a writer. The first part of the book consists of a series of vignettes about his youth in Carson City as the second son of an immigrant Basque family and his later experiences as a student at the University of Nevada in Reno ... The second part of the book tells of Laxalt's career as a writer - his early days as a reporter when his assignments included interviews with gangsters and obligatory attendance at executions ... The third section discusses the writing of several of his major books - where the ideas came from, what he tried to accomplish in each book, the challenges he faced, and the ways he chose to resolve them."--Jacket
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The Basque Hotel
A man in the wheatfieldThe Basque HotelDust devilsChild of the Holy GhostA time we knew : images of yesterday in the Basque homelandSweet promised landThe governor's mansionA cup of tea in Pamplona
Alternative Names
Laxalt, Robert, 1923-

Robert Laxalt American writer

Robert Laxalt Amerikaans romanschrijver (1923-2001)

Robert Laxalt écrivain américain

Robert Laxalt escritor estadounidense


English (159)

Spanish (21)

Basque (14)

French (9)

German (3)