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Perikles Monioudis was born in 1966 in Glarus, Switzerland. His Greek parents and older sister had moved there from Alexandria, Egypt, two years earlier. Monioudis was raised in the German-speaking part of the Swiss Alps and graduated from the University of Zurich in 1993 with a degree in Sociology and Political Science. He has held readings and lectures in many countries and taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. His novels and short story collections have been translated into several languages and have received many awards, including the Swiss Writers’ Association Prize, The Swiss Schiller Foundation Prize and the Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Prize. Perikles Monioudis lives in Zurich.
- Land, 2007
- Im Äther, 2005 (English: In the Ether)
- Das blaue Telegramm, 2005
- Freulers Rückkehr, 2005
- Die Stadt an den Golfen, 2004
- Die Engel im Himmel. Vom Boxen, 2003
- In New York, 2003
- Palladium, 2000
- Die Trüffelsucherin, 1999
- Deutschlandflug. Ein Traum, 1998
- Eis, 1997
- Die Forstarbeiter, die Lichtung, 1996
- Das Passagierschiff, 1995
- Die Verwechslung, 1993
After spending several years at a boarding school, young Keller, the son of an influential ice company owner, returns home feeling a need for hard physical labor. During the day he works with a team sawing blocks of ice, but he spends evenings in his shed, where he is secretly building copies of the first ice-making machines.
Instead of writing a documentary history, Monioudis takes a stroll through the 20th century and its technical developments. On various narrative levels he skillfully leads the reader through a variety of places and time periods. Through a series of episodes, he develops an exciting narrative panorama that leads us into a strange world — a world that comes to an end because of an invention which at first glance seems marginal: the refrigerator.