‘Permafrost’s’ 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.

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Permafrost’s no-bullshit lesbiannarrator is an uninhibited lover and a wickedly funny observer of modern life. Desperate to get out of Barcelona, she goes toBrussels, ‘because a city whose symbol is a little boy pissingwas a city I knew I would like’; as an au pair inScotland, she develops a hatred of the colour green. And everywhere she goes,she tries to break out of the roles set for her by family and society, chasingescape wherever it can be found: love affairs, travel, thoughts of suicide.   Full of powerful, physical imagery, thisprize-winning debut novel by acclaimed Catalan poet Eva Baltasar was aword-of-mouth hit in its own language. It is a breathtakingly forthright callfor women’s freedom to embrace both pleasure and solitude, and speaks boldly ofthe body, of sex, and of the self.

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Weight 172 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm










Paperback original


849.936 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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