Book of Clouds

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Mar 10, 2009 - Fiction - 204 pages
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Book of Clouds is a haunting, masterfully wrought debut novel about a young woman adrift in Berlin, where a string of fateful encounters leads to romance, violence, and revelation. Having escaped her overbearing family a continent away, Tatiana settles in Berlin and cultivates solitude while distancing herself from the city’s past. Yet the phantoms of Berlin—seeping in through the floorboards of her apartment, lingering in the abandoned subterranea—are more alive to her than the people she passes on her daily walks. When she takes a job transcribing notes for the reclusive historian Doktor Weiss, her life in Berlin becomes more complex—and more perilous. Through Weiss, she meets Jonas, a meteorologist who, as a child in the GDR, took solace in the sky’s constant shape-shifting, an antidote to his grim and unyielding reality. As their three paths intersect and merge, the contours of all their worlds change, culminating in an act of violence that will leave none of them untouched. Unfolding with the strange, charged logic of a dream, Book of Clouds is a profound portrait of a city forever in flux, and of the myths we cling to in order to give shape to our lives.  

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User Review  - Steve38 - LibraryThing

A whimsical story of Berlin where the city is the main character despite the oddity of the of the central figure. The ghostliness verging on spirituality attributed to buildings and places reminds you ... Read full review

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User Review  - suesbooks - LibraryThing

The writing was very lyrical and kept my interest. I cared about the protagonist and attempted to understand her. I feel it displayed the feelings I have regarding Berlin, although I would not attempt to live there. Read full review

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Chloe Aridjis, daughter of Mexican writer Homero Aridjis, grew up in the Netherlands and Mexico City. After receiving a B.A from Harvard, she went on to receive a Master's and Ph.D. in nineteenth-century French poetry at Oxford. A book of essays based on her doctoral thesis on magic shows and literature of the fantastic was published in Mexico in 2005. She currently lives in Berlin, where she works for the Berlin Literary Festival and is at work on her second book.

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