Ilija Trojanow spricht über "EisTau"
Zeno is a glaciologist who has dedicated his working life to the study of an Alpine glacier. But during the course of one hot summer he has to confront the realisation that he is powerless to prevent the retreat of the glacier's ice, and that his glacier is beyond saving. Zeno abandons his university studies and gets a job on a cruise ship bound for Antarctica, where he can educate tourists on the subject of his beloved ice on the world's last unspoiled continent. Here, he can experience ice in its purest form himself, and here he also surrenders himself to a passionate affair with Paulina, a fellow crew member. But Zeno is far from finding happiness or peace of mind. Ashamed at the ignorance of the tourists and their lack of respect, he grows angry with their insensitivity towards the Antarctic environment. When a famous artist plans to stage a show on the ice, Zeno decides it is time to take action. With formidable skill and virtuosity, Ilija Trojanow's new novel tells the story of a man who sets out to fight for an environment he loves. Zeno's story is a tragedy of our times; his boundless energy is directed against an uncaring modern world. Rarely has the fragility of nature and its vulnerable beauty been evoked with such unbridled passion. IceMelt is a profound and poetic novel about nature's grandeur and its fragility in the face of a changing world.