Eva Baltasar

Permafrost

The #1 Catalan bestseller and winner of the Llibreter booksellers prize, poet Baltasar’s novel is a forthright study of lesbian sexuality and suicide.

Permafrost’s no-bullshit lesbian narrator is an uninhibited lover, a no-hope employee, and a some-time suicidal student of her own dislocated self. As she tries to break out of the roles set for her by a controlling, overprotective mother, a relentlessly positive sister, and a society which imposes a gut-wrenching pressure to conform, she contemplates the so-called will to live when that life is given, rather than chosen. Attempting to bridge the gap between the perennially frozen reaches of her outer shell and the tender core of her being, watching her relationships with family fracture and her many lovers come and go, the protagonist’s reservations about staying alive become ever more pressing.

Passionate, urgent and breathtakingly forthright, this fiction debut from Catalan poet Eva Baltasar was a word-of-mouth hit in its own language and is a gift for readers in English.

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Print status: Upcoming
Author: Eva Baltasar
Translator: Julia Sanches
Original language: Catalan
Format: B-format paperback
Publication date: 2 March 2021
ISBN: 9781911508755
Ebook ISBN: 9781911508748
Availability: World English
Number of pages: 128

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.’