Biography

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.

Reviews

Luna Miguel
Playground

‘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.’

Imma Monsó
La Vanguardia - La risa

‘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.’

Jenn Díaz
El Periódico

‘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.’

Julià Guillamon
Culturas

‘Permafrost by 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.’

Jordi Benavente
La lanza

‘I came to Permafrost because it was recommended by everyone. And now I have devoured it, I also recommend it to you.’

Marc Reig
A book a day

‘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.’

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