Cold Skin

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Canongate U.S., 2007 - Fiction - 233 pages
53 Reviews
Shortly after World War I, a troubled man accepts a solitary assignment as a "weather official" on a tiny, remote island on the edge of the Antarctic. When he arrives, the predecessor he is meant to replace is missing and a deeply disturbed stranger is barricaded in a heavily fortified lighthouse. Gruner, the man inhabiting the lighthouse, approaches the newcomer at first as an adversary and obstacle to his continued survival. As night falls, though, the two find that their tenuous partnership may be the only way they survive the onslaught of the unspeakably horrific reptilian creatures that ravage the island at night, attacking the lighthouse in their organized efforts to find warm-blooded food. Gruner and the weather official, armed with a battery of ammunition and explosives, debate and confront their increasingly murderous mentalities, and when the possibility of a kind of truce presents itself, the two must decide what kind of island they will inhabit. Equal parts inspired by Stephen King, a phantasmagorical Robinson Crusoe, and Lord of the Flies, Cold Skin is literary horror that deals with the basest forms of human behavior imaginable, while exploring why we so vehemently fear the other.
  

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Timepass, but engaging plot! - Goodreads
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User Review  - Jen Thomas - Goodreads

Fucked up and fantastic-- can't imagine what it's like in its original language. Better if you don't read the back. Best if you don't read reviews, including this one. Go in blind. Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

One of my all time faves...so creepy...so good. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
17
Section 3
22
Section 4
32
Section 5
47
Section 6
68
Section 7
87
Section 8
108
Section 10
135
Section 11
158
Section 12
169
Section 13
180
Section 14
193
Section 15
201
Section 16
212
Section 17
220

Section 9
122

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About the author (2007)

Albert Sanchez Pinol was born in Barcelona in 1965. He is the author of Cold Skin, which has been translated into fifteen languages and won the Ojo Critico de Narrativa prize upon publication in 2003.

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