A detective/romance novel centring around a melting glacier in Greenland.
Although the story begins with an encounter between a mysterious girl in black – a microbiologist called Klára – and a young journalist called Rosli – a man prone to drink – in the Prague Botanical Garden in Trója, the main character of this novel is a Greenlandic glacier. When a new greenhouse is opened, by chance the young journalist finds out that this is the result of embezzlement. The reader is introduced to a flighty musician called Valdemar, a thriller-writer named Nina and other curious individuals. In a remarkable story arc, the two main protagonists, who already have a romantic connection, find themselves on a scientific expedition in Greenland – a glacier is melting and who knows what is concealed within its depths. But what the pseudonym A. Gravensteen conceals is a first-time novelist whose romance-cum-detective novel with its sophisticated parallel construction, self-mocking narrator, varied narrative world and rich use of language was being hotly tipped even before it came out.
“One of the most remarkable Czech novels of recent years.”
—Petr A. Bílek, literary historian and theorist
“Even re-reading it was an exceptional experience, thanks in part to the linguistic skills of A. Gravensteen, but mainly because the author has created a vivid fictional world that the reader is reluctant to leave, an impression which is reinforced by the book’s ending.”
About the author:
A. Gravensteen is the name on an apartment door. Who wrote this novel behind it remains a mystery.