Author: Alicia Kopf

She thought that it was precisely when things get uncomfortable or can’t be shown that something interesting comes to light. That is the point of no return, the point that must be reached, the point you reach after crossing the border of what has already been said, what has already been seen. It’s cold out there.’

This hybrid novel—part research notes, part fictionalised diary, and part travelogue—uses the stories of polar exploration to make sense of the protagonist’s own concerns as she comes of age as an artist, a daughter, and a sister to an autistic brother. Conceptual and emotionally compelling, it advances fearlessly into the frozen emotional lacunae of difficult family relationships. Deserved winner of multiple awards upon its Catalan and Spanish publication, Brother in Ice is a richly rewarding journey into the unknown.

“A unconventional look at a world that makes [Kopf] feel uncomfortable… a text in which the feats of polar explorers give way to a central autobiographical story about the equally harsh and arid trips through family relationships and within oneself.” Carles Geli, El País

“Simultaneously serious and light, incidental and yet trascendental.”
V. Pagès Jordà, El Periódico

“A book, part essay and part autobiography, that is also a chronicle of a generation stalled in a world without horizons or certainties… An unusual book and the deserving winner of the Documenta Award.”
Julià Guillamón, La Vanguardia


Cálamo Award 2016
Ojo Crítico Award 2016
Documenta Novel Award 2015
Bookseller Novel Award 2016