Eva Baltasar

Mammoth

Mammoth’s protagonist is a disenchanted young lesbian. She’s inexperienced, irritated by life, eager to gestate, and determined to strip everything else down to essentials. She seduces men at random, swaps her urban habitat for an isolated farmhouse, befriends a shepherd, nurses lambs, battles stray cats, waits tables, cleans house, and dabbles in sex work – all in pursuit of life in the raw.  This small bomb of a novel, not remotely pastoral, builds to a howling crescendo of social despair, leaving us at the mercy of Eva Baltasar’s wild voice.

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Eva Baltasar in conversation with Irene Solà (trans. Mara Faye Lethem), part of Granta’s ‘In Conversation’ series, is available to read here.

You can read an interview about Eva Baltasar’s International Booker shortlisted novel, Boulder, here.

Author: Eva Baltasar
Translator: Julia Sanches
Original language: Catalan
Format: Ebook
Publication date: 6 August 2024
ISBN: 9781916751002
Ebook ISBN: 9781916751019
Availability: World English

Reviews

Yelena Moskovich

‘An adventure of grit and philosophy in the impeccable hands of Eva Baltasar, as a swashbuckler Dante escapes the city for provincial life, and therein, enters the darkness of her revelry and disgust for humanhood.  Baltasar peels words from their worn usage, giving the reader language unbearably alive and pure. Another tour de force from one of the best writers of our generation.’


Europapress

‘The title of the novel is a metaphor for the protagonist, who sees herself as a strong, powerful animal, capable of handling anything, although the author reminds us that mammoths were under threat from being hunted by the humans of the time.’

Pere Antoni Pons

‘One sensationalist way of describing Mammoth would be to call it a ferocious and brutalist version of Thoreau.’


Praise for Eva Baltasar

‘A powerful and very original author. I would love to adapt Boulder.’ Pedro Almodóvar

‘The experience of reading Permafrost is absolutely unforgettable.’ The New York Times

‘Boulder is a sensual, sexy and intense book. Eva Baltasar condenses the sensations and experiences of a dozen novels into just over a hundred pages of vibrant prose. An incisive story of queer love and motherhood, it dissects the dilemmas of trading independence for intimacy.’ Leïla Slimani, member and president of the 2023 International Booker Prize Jury

‘Exquisite, dark and unconventional, Eva Baltasar turns intimacy into a wild adventure.’ Fernanda Melchor

‘Baltasar summons the joyous eroticism of words and reading.’

‘Baltasar handles feelings like radioactive material, like something that kills us and illuminates us.’ Babelia/El País

‘Baltasar is a skilful writer. A Catalan Dorothy Parker. Ironic, relentless. La Repubblica

‘A magma of sensations, doubts and aspirations . A treasure.’ Le Monde

‘A radical novel on themes with little consensus – (homosexuality, refusal of motherhood), ‘Boulder’ is a mineral text, like these isolated rocks in the middle of the landscape.’ L’independant

‘Through such intricate writing the author deftly manages to elevate the idea of a relationship to a force of nature, with the character of Boulder representing the struggle to reconcile a desire to be alone with a desire for company.’ Times Literary Supplement 

‘The language of desire never stops vibrating off the page; Baltasar pans the mundane for gold, and offers those nuggets — these morsels of intimacy — in a way that grips and sates.’ New York Times Book Review

‘Everything has an air of immediacy, and at the same time one has the feeling that between sentence and sentence abysses open, ellipses that expand and ask the imagination of the reader to fill them. Boulder is a work of incandescent, volcanic brevity and density, full of phosphorescent metaphors.’ Núvol

‘A cold but burning lucidity, admirable, in its approach to detail.’ El Cultural

‘Eva Baltasar's is a free unrestrained voice. She describes how you didn't think it could be done.’ La Vanguardia

‘Hers is a poetic subjectivity that looks at the world and discovers that everything that contains us can be looked at for the first time.’ Gabriela Wiener