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Time Shelter

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781474623087

Price: £14.99

‘Georgi Gospodinov is unique in many ways. I’ve been reading him since the beginning of his career and I know that no one can combine an intriguing concept, wonderful imagination and perfect writing technique like he can’
Olga Tokarczuk, author of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

‘A powerful and brilliant novel: clear-sighted, foreboding, enigmatic. A novel in which the future gives way like a rotten beam and the past rushes in like a flood’
Sandro Veronesi, author of The Hummingbird and twice winner of the Premio Strega

In Time Shelter, an unnamed narrator meets Gaustine, a ‘flâneur through time,’ who has uncoupled his life from his contemporary reality, reading old news, wearing old clothes, haunting the lost avenues of the twentieth century.

Gaustine is the mind behind the first ‘clinic for the past,’ an institution based in Zurich that offers an inspired treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers: each floor reproduces a past decade in minute detail, allowing patients to transport themselves back in time and find comfort in their fading memories.

Yet an increasing number of healthy people are interested in seeking out the clinic as a form of ‘time shelter,’ hoping to escape from the horrors of our present, a development that results in an unexpected conundrum, when the past beings to invade the present.

Georgi Gospodinov is one of Europe’s most acclaimed writers. Originally from Bulgaria, his novels have won his country’s most prestigious literary prize twice and have been shortlisted for more than a dozen international prizes – including the 2015 PEN Literary Award for Translation, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, the Premio Strega Europeo, the Bruecke Berlin Preis, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Literaturpreis. He has won the 2016 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the 2019 Angelus Literature Central Europe Prize and the 2021 Premio Strega Europeo, among others.

Reviews

Georgi Gospodinov is unique in many ways. I've been reading him since the beginning and I know that no one can combine an intriguing concept, wonderful imagination and perfect writing technique like he can. This is great prose.
Olga Tokarczuk, author of DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
A powerful and brilliant novel: clear-sighted, foreboding, enigmatic. A novel in which the future gives way like a rotten beam and the past rushes in like a flood.
Sandro Veronesi, author of THE HUMMINGBIRD and twice winner of the Premio Strega