Brother in Ice by Alicia Kopf


Alicia Kopf

Mara Faye Lethem

Price: £10/$15.95 (print); £5/$8 (ebook)

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Published by:
And Other Stories

Publication date:
23 April 2018 (UK, Europe and South Africa) / 5 June 2018 (Rest of World)

‘She thought that it was precisely when things get uncomfortable or can’t be shown that something interesting comes to light. That is the point of no return, the point that must be reached, the point you reach after crossing the border of what has already been said, what has already been seen. It’s cold out there.’

This hybrid novel—part research notes, part fictionalised diary, and part travelogue—uses the stories of polar exploration to make sense of the protagonist’s own concerns as she comes of age as an artist, a daughter, and a sister to an autistic brother. Conceptual and emotionally compelling, it advances fearlessly into the frozen emotional lacunae of difficult family relationships. Deserved winner of multiple awards upon its Catalan and Spanish publication, Brother in Ice is a richly rewarding journey into the unknown.

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  • As well as winning prizes for her writing, Alicia Kopf is also a prize-winning visual artist. Visit her website here.

Advance praise for Brother in Ice

  • ‘In an epistolic, polar update of Melville’s Moby-Dick, Alicia Kopf’s genre-defying book rises as clear and cold as an Arctic sea, floating with ideas that, like icebergs, are buoyed up by meaning and memory below their surface. This is an icy dissection of actuality and history, a frozen etymology of meaning. Slipping from Catalunya to the Ultima Thule, echoing a rapidly changing environment, Brother in Ice deals in personal retrieval and magical supposition in the whiteness of a disappearing world.  In the process, it achieves a fugitive poetry all of its own.’ Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan
  • ‘In another country this book would have changed the course of history.’ Enrique Vila-Matas, author of The Illogic of Kassel
  • ‘As if by sleight of hand, Kopf displays a wide range of emotions before us. Like the Poles, they are constantly shifting, and inevitably epic.’ Agustín Fernández Mallo, author of Nocilla Dream
  • ‘A unconventional look at a world that makes [Kopf] feel uncomfortable . . . a text in which the feats of polar explorers give way to a central autobiographical story about the equally harsh and arid trips through family relationships and within oneself.’ El País
  • ‘Simultaneously serious and light, incidental and yet trascendental.’ El Periódico
  • ‘A book, part essay and part autobiography, that is also a chronicle of a generation stalled in a world without horizons or certainties . . . An unusual book and the deserving winner of the Premi Documenta literary award.’ La Vanguardia

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