Pio Baroja: Pilots of High Seas

Pio Baroja: Pilots of High Seas
Ignacio Zara

By I Zara

by Pio Baroja

by Pio Baroja

Since I knew Yareah next issue is going to speak about ‘Trip and Seas’, I thought I had to speak about Pio Baroja (my favorite author) and ‘Pilots of High Seas’ (my favorite book).

Pio Baroja (don Pio, as usually Spanish people called him) was a Basque writer: therefore, he became of a land full of sailors, adventurers, and incredible stories (maybe legends).

He has a prolific work: novels and more novels by an author who was not very worried about grammatical problems (he has been criticized for his grammatical mistakes) but for the impact of his plots and characters.

And yes, his novel is absolutely impacting. It tells the story of two Basque sailors on a slave ship (Embil and Chimista). The route was the usual: from Basque lands to Gulf of Guinea (when they took the slaves) and afterwards, to Cuba (to sell them).

Most important: with the profits, they returned to the North of Spain to finance the Industrial Revolution (same England did 80 years before).

However, at this moment, England didn’t want slave trade (it didn’t need) and the main characters are a lot of problems.

It’s a bad trade in a bad world with horrible people. White men (Pio Baroja shows all of the different nationalities) are not soul and they only think on money but black people is not better, some of them help white men with the same materialistic intentions.

No concessions and fantastic descriptions and a complete lesson of History about how first factories got their money.

Better to return to the countryside and to start being peasants again.

Pio Baroja English available books:

The City of the Discreet (1917). A.A. Knopf

The Quest (1922) A.A. Knopf

Weeds (1923). A.A. Knopf

Red Dawn (1924). A.A. Knopf

The Lord of Labraz (1926). A.A. Knopf

The Restlessness of Shanti Andía, and other writings (1959). University of Michigan Press

The Tree of Knowledge (1974). Howard Fertig: ISBN 0865273162

Caesar or Nothing (1976). Howard

Fertig: ISBN 0865272247

Zalacain the Adventurer (1998). Lost Coast Press: ISBN 1882897137

Youth And Egolatry (2004). Kessinger Publishing: ISBN 1419195409

Road to Perfection (2008). Oxbow Books:

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