Christina Beaubien, a third-year PhD student in SpanPort, recently attended the 19th Annual Charles F. Fraker Conference at the University of Michigan where the topic of discussion was “Thinking with Things: Toward a Matter-Oriented Cultural Analysis”. Christina presented her research on the recovery of memory and the Republican inheritance as seen in the first section of the novel Obabakoak by Bernardo Atxaga. Her talk -“La memoria filtrada en Obabakoak”- used the investigations of Michael S. Roth about trauma memory as a theoretical framework, but also included the research done by Layla Renshaw in her study of the mass grave exhumations within Spain. Christina’s main thesis centered on Atxaga’s decision to mediate the protagonist’s confrontation with his traumatic past, as well as his attempt to connect with his father and therefore recover his Republican inheritance, through the transference of agency to a seemingly inconsequential object: his diary. This transference, along with various literary tropes, allowed Atxaga to create a representation of the trauma riddled Franco dictatorship that was true but also vague. This juxtaposition of “closeness” with “distance” encouraged what Roth deems the best way to recover memory: that being the creation of memory through the act of remembrance.