"Book of Clouds" by Chloe Aridjis

Novel, 2009

Story of a Mexican transcriber and her time spent and work in Berlin. This is a really skillful piece of writing, full of ideas and packing a dramatic and emotional punch when they’re needed. History and drama hang heavily around Berlin which is beautifully presented and shown to contain a number of self-absorbed, damaged characters, possibly including the narrator herself. Some great scenes, mystery and surreal situations, which never feel ploddy or tired. Highly recommended – a real warmth and quality rise up from the pages.

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