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The Cold Centre

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Inka Parei‿s novel The Cold Centre begins with a man who receives a startling call from his ex-wife. She‿s in the hospital, awaiting a cancer diagnosis. His mind races as he suddenly realizes he must find out whether she was contaminated by fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Quickly returning to the city, he tries to reconstruct the events of a few days so many years ago, and he revisits and questions his own memories of working in the chilling “cold centre�‿the air conditioning plant for the East German party newspaper. Did she come in contact with a contaminated truck from the Ukraine? Was he a cog at the heart of the system, failing to prevent a tragic accident? Can he find out what happened before it‿s too late? He soon begins to lose control over his days in Berlin, entering into a desperate search for orientation over a fracture in his own life‿one he has never gotten over.    Written in Parei‿s characteristically precise prose, The Cold Centre is a timely reminder of how we react to accidents‿nuclear and otherwise‿ and a bleakly realistic description of East Berlin before the Wall fell. Its tight and dizzying structure keeps readers on the edge of their seats as the narrator tries to solve his mystery. 

About the author

Inka Parei lives in Prenzlauer Berg with her son, writing and tutoring emerging literary talents. She is the author of The Shadow-Boxing Woman and What Darkness Was, also published by Seagull Books. Katy Derbyshire is a Berlin-based translator from London.

Product details

Authors Katy Derbyshire, Inka Parei
Assisted by Katy Derbyshire (Translation)
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 12.05.2021
EAN 9780857428318
ISBN 978-0-85742-831-8
Series The German List
The Seagull Library of German
The German List - (Seagull Titles CHUP)
The Seagull Library of German Literature
Subject Fiction > Narrative literature

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