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Publisher's Summary

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. 

©2022 Georgi Gospodinov (P)2022 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"No one can combine an intriguing concept, wonderful imagination and perfect writing technique like Georgi Gospodinov can." (Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature)

"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)

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  • 07-03-22

back to the past

I love the story and the reading ,just seems that somebody reads your own thoutghts,which somebody else wrote it. An unusual story but totaly tipical for Gospodinov . This is a story for peopele who like this nostalgic storytelling way, that grabs you from the caotic present and it trows you in the peace of the past.