Book club Lisez la littérature catalane !

Frère de glace (Alicia Kopf) © Éditions Robert Laffont

Wed, 03/10/2021



Presented by Lisez l'Europe

Our upcoming book club will feature a Catalan novel, and will take place Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 5:30 pm through the online platform Zoom.

The book chosen for this session is "Ice Brother" by Alicia Kopf. The discussion will be held in French and moderated by Helena Badell, associate professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Ms. Badell was a guest professor in Catalan Studies at the University of Montreal in winter 2020.

Please confirm your presence before March 9 at the following address:

About the book:
Longlisted for 2020 International Dublin Literary Award
Longlisted for the 2019 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation

‘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. Conceptually 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. (
About the author:
Alicia Kopf, born Gerona, 1982, holds degrees in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature. Brother in Ice is the culmination of an artistic cycle of several exhibitions entitled Àrticantàrtic, including a 2013 solo show in Barcelona, Seal Sounds Under The Floor. She has participated in many prestigious exhibitions. Her awards include the GAC-DKV Prize for best young artist gallery exhibition, the Premi Documenta literary prize, and the Premi Llibreter awarded by booksellers. (

The book can be obtained (in French) at the following bookstores:

Librairie Gallimard: (10% discount for Lisez l’Europe members)
514 499-2012

Librairie du Square au Carré St-Louis:
514 845-7617

Librairie du Square - Outremont:
514 303-0612

Also available as an eBook (in French) on

French copies (paper and ebook formats) are also available through the Grande Bibliothèque and the Montreal public library system.