International Booker Prize 2023
Posted 28th May 2023
The winner of the International Booker Prize for 2023 has been announced. It is Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, translated by Angela Rodel.
This is the first book translated from Bulgarian to win the International Booker Prize.
In Time Shelter, an enigmatic flaneur named Gaustine opens a ‘clinic for the past’ that offers a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers: each floor reproduces a decade in minute detail, transporting patients back in time. As Gaustine’s assistant, the unnamed narrator is tasked with collecting the flotsam and jetsam of the past, from 1960s furniture and 1940s shirt buttons to scents and even afternoon light.
But as the rooms become more convincing, an increasing number of healthy people seek out the clinic as a ‘time shelter’, hoping to escape from the horrors of our present – a development that results in an unexpected conundrum when the past begins to invade the present. Intricately crafted, and eloquently translated by Angela Rodel, Time Shelter cements Georgi Gospodinov’s reputation as one of the indispensable writers of our times, a major voice in international literature. Georgi Gospodinov is one of Europe’s most acclaimed writers.