Eva Baltasar

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Translated from the Catalan by Julia Sanches

This is a tight, intense novel of desire. And it's followed by a translator's afterword by Julia Sanches that continues to guide me in its soft wisdom, and serve as a generous ethic behind this new section of translated literature as a whole: "When I think of discussions surrounding what translation — of its possibility or impossibility — I often wonder whether the issue is not purely semantic, rather than practical. Would translation be quite so controversial if we were to simply call it something else? Would people still enter a translated text with as much suspicion if we called our little art something like 'versioning' or 'againing'?" -CF

Permafrost’s no-bullshit lesbian narrator is an uninhibited lover and a wickedly funny observer of modern life. Desperate to get out of Barcelona, she goes to Brussels, ‘because a city whose symbol is a little boy pissing was a city I knew I would like’; as an au pair in Scotland, she develops a hatred of the color green. And everywhere she goes, she tries to break out of the roles set for her by family and society, chasing escape wherever it can be found: love affairs, travel, thoughts of suicide.

Full of powerful, physical imagery, this prize-winning debut novel by acclaimed Catalan poet Eva Baltasar was a word-of-mouth hit in its own language. It is a breathtakingly forthright call for women’s freedom to embrace both pleasure and solitude, and speaks boldly of the body, of sex, and of the self.

Paperback || 128 pages || 5.10" x 7.80" || And Other Stories