Susan Midalia's Review
The winner of the 2023 International Booker Prize, Time Shelter
is a must-read narrative about the nature of time and memory, the
dangers of nostalgia and the crises of post-war history. Its central
premise – a Referendum in which European countries vote on the
decade to which they would most like to return – is the basis
for a playfully absurd and deeply melancholy account of humanity’s
ongoing search for peace, justice and happiness.
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2023
'The most exquisite kind of literature... I've put it on a special shelf in my library that I reserve for books that demand to be revisited every now and then. '
OLGA TOKARCZUK, author of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
'Could not be more timely... A writer of great warmth as well as skill'
'In equal measure playful and profound. I loved it'
CLAIRE MESSUD, author of The Woman Upstairs
'A genrebusting novel of ideas... And accident, in combination with the book's own merits, may just have created a classic'
'A powerful and brilliant novel: clear-sighted, foreboding, enigmatic'
SANDRO VERONESI, author of The Hummingbird
'Touching and intelligent'
NEW YORK TIMES
In Time Shelter, an enigmatic flaneur named Gaustine opens a 'clinic for the past' that offers a promising treatment for Alzheimer's sufferers: each floor reproduces a decade in minute detail, transporting patients back in time.
But as the rooms become more convincing, an increasing number of healthy people seek out the clinic as a 'time shelter', hoping to escape from the horrors of our present...
Intricately crafted, and eloquently translated by Angela Rodel, Time Shelter cements Georgi Gospodinov's reputation as one of the indispensable writers of our times, a major voice in international literature.