Time Shelter

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What to expect

‘I’ve put it on a special shelf in my library that I reserve for books that can never be fully exhausted – books that demand to be revisited every now and then. ‘
OLGA TOKARCZUK, WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE

‘Expansive, soulful, mind-bending’
DAVE EGGERS, AUTHOR OF THE CIRCLE

‘In equal measure playful and profound, Georgi Gospodinov’s Time Shelter renders the philosophical mesmerizing, and the everyday extraordinary. I loved it’
CLAIRE MESSUD, AUTHOR OF THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS

‘A powerful and brilliant novel: clear-sighted, foreboding, enigmatic’
SANDRO VERONESI, AUTHOR OF THE HUMMINGBIRD

‘Gospodinov is one of the leading writers in Europe: every book is an event’
GARTH GREENWELL, THE NEW YORKER

In Time Shelter, an enigmatic flâneur 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.

As Gaustine’s assistant, the unnamed narrator is tasked with collecting the flotsam and jetsam of the past, from 1960s furniture and 1940s shirt buttons to scents and even afternoon light. 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 – a development that results in an unexpected conundrum when the past begins to invade the 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.

Critics Review

  • The most exquisite kind of literature, on our perception of time and its passing, written in a masterful and totally unpredictable style. Each page comes as a surprise, so that you never know where the author is going to take you next. I’ve put it on a special shelf in my library that I reserve for books that can never be fully exhausted-books that demand to be revisited every now and then.

    Olga Tokarczuk, author of THE BOOKS OF JACOB and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • In equal measure playful and profound, Georgi Gospodinov’s Time Shelter renders the philosophical mesmerizing, and the everyday extraordinary. I loved it.

    Claire Messud
  • Gospodinov is one of Europe’s most fascinating and irreplaceable novelists, and this his most expansive, soulful and mind-bending book.

    Dave Eggers
  • 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
  • Gospodinov writes like a botanist of the soul: he knows the effects that the pretty mushrooms and the hidden herbs within ourselves can do, in spite of what they look like from afar. The living beings he studies are our versions of our past, the unretrievable, the recreated, the future versions of our past, and how we imbue them with the fantasies and poisons that we cultivate in silence.

    Yuri Herrera, author of SIGNS PRECEDING THE END OF THE WORLD
  • 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 THE BOOKS OF JACOB and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

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