Permafrost

Eva Baltasar (Author) Julia Sanches (Translator)
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Description

Permafrost's no-bullshit lesbian narrator is an uninhibited lover and a wickedly funny observer of modern life. Desperate to get out of Barcelona, she goes to Brussels, 'because a city whose symbol is a little boy pissing was a city I knew I would like'; as an au pair in Scotland, she develops a hatred of the color green. And everywhere she goes, she tries to break out of the roles set for her by family and society, chasing escape wherever it can be found: love affairs, travel, thoughts of suicide.

Full of powerful, physical imagery, this prize-winning debut novel by acclaimed Catalan poet Eva Baltasar was a word-of-mouth hit in its own language. It is a breathtakingly forthright call for women's freedom to embrace both pleasure and solitude, and speaks of the body, of sex, and of the self.

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
And Other Stories
Publish Date
April 06, 2021
Pages
128
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781911508755
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About the Author

Eva Baltasar has published ten volumes of poetry which have received widespread recognition and numerous awards. Her debut work of fiction, Permafrost, received the 2018 Premi Llibreter (Catalan Booksellers Award) and is the first novel in a triptych which aims to explore the universes of three different women in the first person. The author lives a simple life with her wife and two daughters in a village near the mountains. Julia Sanches translates from Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan. For And Other Stories she has translated from all three languages--from the Portuguese, Now and at the Hour of Our Death by Susana Moreira Marques, from the Catalan the forthcoming Permafrost by Eva Baltasar, and from the Spanish, Slash and Burn by Claudia Hernández, for which she won a PEN/Heim award. She has also translated works by Noemi Jaffe, Daniel Galera, and Geovani Martins, among others. She is a founding member of the Cedilla & Co. translators' collective, and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Reviews

"Read until you come or read until you cry. That's what happens when you encounter the frozen casing of Permafrost. Ice, not because it is cold, but because it cracks. "-Luna Miguel, Playground


"Released from my annual dose of Bernhard, I usually feel a need for more and I usually do not have anything dark enough to hand. But this time I did - Permafrost by Eva Baltasar."-Imma Monsó, La Vanguardia - La risa


"Eva Baltasar performs an exercise in honesty with this protagonist, who does not beat about the bush and talks - talks to us - without half measures, without filters, without conventions. Perhaps that honesty has been responsible for the success of the novel, which has recently won the Premi Llibreter. This is the power of a voice without scorn, without regrets, that narrates its own introspection."-Jenn Díaz, El Periódico


"Permafrostby Eva Baltasar is one of the revelatory books of this season . . . I had never read a book in Catalan about sex, seen from the perspective of a woman, such as Permafrost."-Julià Guillamon, Culturas


"I came to Permafrost because it was recommended by everyone. And now I have devoured it, I also recommend it to you."-Jordi Benavente, La lanza


"We talk about literature in capitals . . . This is a story that, in the search for reasons to end a life, allows us to find those reasons for which it is worth continuing to live, day by day, even if it is to be able to continue fantasizing about death, or even about life."-Marc Reig, A book a day