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A Pele Fria

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,907 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Quan el van desembarcar a la platja amb una xalupa, el va sorprendre que l'únic habitant de l'illa no sortís a rebre'l. Però aviat descobreix que apareixen cada nit molts visitants misteriosos i amenaçadors. Des d'aquest moment, la seva vida -que haurà de compartir amb el brutal Batís Caffó i Aneris, la de la pell freda- es converteix en una lluita frenètica amb ell mateix ...more
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Published by Planeta (first published 2002)
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I'm reading all these reviews and not a single idea pops on my mind on why I shouldn't give this book more than one star. Yes, it had moments: it was bizarre and scared the shit out of me. No, I’ll be completely straight - it’s the second creepiest and the most disturbing book I have ever read. It’s in the same box with In the Miso soup, just I’ve experienced my first full blown anxiety attack with that Japanese one, so now I was somehow prepared for this Cold Skin, although not totally.

During t
I loved this book. It was creepy and unflinchingly bizarre. It is a fun, compulsive, and at times genuinely scary read but also a great exploration of xenophobia, the fear of the unknown, as well as what makes us "human". I think the author very much deserves his comparisons to Lovecraft, although I think it is one of those stories that you will enjoy most if you know very little about it, so I will leave it at that and warn you not to read too many reviews.

This is the best horror book I have r
Adela C.
Când am început să citesc "Pielea rece" de Albert Sánchez Piñol, nu ştiam la ce să mă aştept. Am primit-o cadou de ziua mea de la colega de bancă, apucasem să citesc descrierea de pe spate şi câteva altele de pe internet şi, acum aveam nevoie de o carte subţire, uşor de cărat, de care să mă "ocup" în orele în care nu facem mare brânză la şcoală. Aşa se face că am pus mâna pe ea şi am început-o.

Începutul suna foarte bine. "Niciodată nu ne aflăm destul de departe de cei pe care-i urâm. Prin urmare
Nancy Oakes
"We are never very far from those we hate. For this very reason, we shall never be truly close to those we love." With those words, Catalan author Albert Sanchez Piñol begins his tale of a young man who takes a position as a weather official on a remote island, out of the normal shipping lanes, along the coast of Antarctica. He is the unnamed narrator of this tale, and has opted for this position to exile himself from the rest of the world, needing some time and space to "negotiate between the d ...more
Got this book for a crazy low price. It was pointed out to me by someone else that read the back cover and told me it sounded similar to Silent Hill. It was enough to get me to buy it.

I was actually reminded of Lovecraft's work (which I've been reading recently). An individual facing extraordinary, almost supernatural experiences, having to deal with strange creatures whose intentions are unknown. But that's where the Lovecraft comparison ends.

This was my first time reading something by a Catal
Michael Jensen
When I was a teenager there was an especially cruel prank kids would play on each other. It involved telling a long-winded joke with a punchline that made no sense. But all of the kids in on the joke would laugh hysterically at the nonsensical punchline telling the kid not in on the joke he/she was really dumb for not getting it. Then they'd tell the joke over and over until the kid not in on the joke suddenly started laughing and saying they finally got the joke. Only then the other kids would ...more
Oct 24, 2013 Martina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes weird $h!t
Shelves: horror
Cold skin is... ummm. Yeah. This is one of those books where I don't know what to say, but not because the book is bad. The book is actually good. The basic idea is interesting, and the terror our narrator feels in the first encounter with the reptilian creatures is palpable, and is the prime motivator for his actions. The author succeeded in portraying life/struggle on the island for our unnamed narrator (even though the narration was a bit lacking at some points, but I guess that's me being ni ...more
Cold Skin --let me start by assuring you that the bad title is not indicative of the quality of the book. This is a tale, with all the bad that that implies: a lack of sensory detail, a certain forgetfulness in the narrative, etc.

But from another direction it is quite good: it is an allegory for almost anything. Its themes and imagery embark on a Jungian expansion into primal sources.

The most frustrating thing is how the narrative overlooks the logic and possibilities of what it has set up, a
I'd never heard of this author and I have to say this book blew me away! It starts in a very standard fashion. The new lighthouse keeper? arrives on the small island, on the very edge of the world in order to escape his past. Little does he know what his future holds for him! On very few occasions can a book create the same scares as you will see in a horror movie, but this book manages it in one fell swoop. There I was, much like the character in the story, settling down for the night ahead, wh ...more
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"La lectura de La piel fría produce el hormigueo inevitable, irreductible, de los clásicos monumentales. De esas obras que van más allá de su tiempo y de su espacio y que de pronto te hablan de lo que siempre nos ha preocupado, de lo que fuimos, somos y seremos. (Albert) Sánchez Piñol se presenta en su debut en la forma larga –ya había inaugurado su carrera literaria con una antología de cuentos, Pallasos i monstres (2000), escrita también catalán-
Entrada al diario 43 de Faedyl en City Bell, Buenos Aires Province Argentina el martes, 28 de febrero de 2012
Este libro no ha sido valorado.

Recibido de manos de Coyote, Quimera dijo que ya habia dado la vuelta el anillo pero la lista organizada esta un poco rara. Yo lo tengo en mi casa hasta que pueda hincarle diente ya que estoy terminando unos finales y por ahora me esta costando leer novelas completas. Pido que si alguien quiere leerlo antes, me avise así se lo hago llegar pero mientras, espe
Ryan Swaim
This was a really interesting, creepy book...right up to the point where it didn't end. [Mild Spoiler Alert] When the ship was late, I started to realize this was probably going to have a disappointing ending. But I still held out hope that maybe it was a dream, or in his sub conscience, or even that he would turn in to one of them. Nope. It's one of those non-endings that's really supposed to make you think. I hate books like that.
The fact that I have read this book some years ago and remembering it I still get the creeps says a lot. I also remember being on winter vacation in a remote house and heedlesly starting reading it at night. And then not sleeping until the sun came up.

Half of it was a bit slow, introverted and philosophical but the other half was bloodcurdling, bizarre and deeply disturbing.

And I also read that there is gonna be a movie!
José Manuel Frías
Defraudado por el devenir de los acontecimientos tras la independencia de Irlanda, un guerrillero irlandés decide alejarse de la sociedad, y acepta un trabajo como oficial atmosférico, durante un año, en un pequeño islote perdido, cuyos únicos elementos artificiales son la casa del oficial, el faro, y un extraño y esquivo personaje, presunto farero, llamado Batís Caffó.
Pronto comienzan los problemas, cuando el protagonista descubre que, por las noches, la isla es asediada por unos violentos sere
The central character is given a year's assignment as a weather official on a seemingly deserted island. The only other human on the island is a crazed Austrian, who mans the lighthouse. Quickly we learn that the small island is nightly overrun by amphibious creatures. This novel is compelling, disturbing, and guaranteed to stick with you after you close the cover on the last page.
Wow. Now for something completely different. This is a story of a young man who takes a year long post on a tiny deserted island in the antarctic. The previous tenant is still in residence and behaving very strangely indeed. If that wasn't bad enough, every night hundreds of malevolent creatures come out of the sea and try to storm the lighthouse and cottage. Seriously weird and scary!
Kristjan Kaitsa
For me it was a psychological novel. Solitude, horror, sexuality. Fear of unknown. Human nature. Losing yourself or finding yourself?

It's somewhat depressing, but I tend to re-read it, when I feel very depressed myself. Perhaps, I feel it as a companion in my loneliness of depression.

(Going write more, when have mood for it.)
Paul Allor
Nov 30, 2007 Paul Allor rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with a propensity for goosebumps
I gave this three stars only because it starts to drag quite a bit around the two-thirds mark. But most of this book is four- or five-star material.

This novel is deeply disturbing and, in places, astoundingly well-written. Forget slasher movies and vampire novels. THIS is what horror should be like.
I read the first few chapters thinking this was a mystery. It turns out it is a horror story and too hard to credit so won't continue. Too too creepy and yucky.
Nezinu, vai fakts, ka šo grāmatu es lasīju otro reizi, nāca man par labu vai ļaunu. Katrā ziņā tas palīdzēja radīt neomulību jau pirmajās lappusēs - jo es zināju, uz kurieni varonis dodas. Un, kad viņš izkāpa krastā, es zināju, kas ir nobradājis dobes ap meteorologa māju. Zināju, cik muļķīgs ir Viņa miers, cik nenovērtējis Viņš ir savu salasbiedru un cik ļoti šī vientulība nav glābiņš. Varbūt pirmajā lasīšanas reizē pirmās nakts šausmas bija izbaudāmākas, taču šoreiz es vairāk pievērsu uzmanību ...more
arabella bishop
Azt hiszem ez volt eletem elso olyan konyve amitol vegig undorodtam. Annyi jot hallottam rola, hogy muszaj volt elolvasnom. Teny, hogy az elejen nagyon felelmetes, de ahogy a tortenet halad elore, ugy valik egyre visszataszitobba es unalmassa a konyv. Foleg amikor igencsak filozofikusan problja megindokolni a szereplo egy-egy tettet. Olyan az egesz, mintha az iro menet kozben meggondolta volna magat es kalandregeny helyett filozofikus regenyt szeretett volna irni. De ez meg hagyjan. Ez csak az u ...more
Diego González
Compré esta novela en Luxemburgo en 2007, por el prurito de comprar un libro allá donde voy. Me pareció interesante la contraportada y bueno, a la buchaca. El caso ea que casi 6 aos después la recuperé de la parte trasera de la estantería y oye, qué descubrimiento. Terror primigenio, casi decimonónico, lovecraftiano, diría un críyico sin demasiada imaginación. Una novela absorbente y con un estilo cuidadísimo, ambientada en una isla desierta y que describe un submundo oculto y espantoso. Los dos ...more
At first I thought this was going to be a simple monster tale and I was kind of let down. Then I kept reading, and the plot really drew me in. The whole lizard people plot idea is sort of weak but I LOVED the isolation aspect and dynamic between the main character and Gruner, and the way the main character interacted with the lizard people. The ending is the only reason I gave it over 3 stars... It's what changed it from simple monster horror to psychological horror. I'll probably be scarred fro ...more
Το πρώτο βιβλίο του Πινιόλ που διαβάζω, το μόνο σίγουρο είναι ότι θα διαβάσω και το άλλο που έχει μεταφραστεί στα ελληνικά, και θα τον έχω στα υπόψιν για μελλοντικά έργα του. Το βιβλίο είναι ένα κράμα περιπέτειας, αγωνίας, τρόμου, φαντασίας αλλά και αλληγορίας.

Λίγα λόγια για την ιστορία: Ένας πρώην Ιρλανδός αγωνιστής, θέλοντας να ξεφύγει από τους "δαίμονες" του, πιάνει δουλειά ως μετεωρολόγος με ετήσια σύμβαση σε ένα τελείως απομακρυσμένο νησί κάπου κοντά στον Νότιο Πόλο. Το νησί αυτό έχει και
Set on a completely isolated island in the Antarctic ocean, Cold Skin is told from the point of view of the unnamed protaganist. He has been hired to live and work on the island for one year, tracking weather patterns. The tiny island has only the weather station house and a lighthouse on it; the only (human;-) neighbor a mysterious and taciturn man found living in the lighthouse. When night falls the protaganist discovers that there is indeed something worse than just the isolation of being in ...more
Sergio Frosini
Nei risvolti di copertina si scomodano i nomi di Conrad, Stevenson e Lovecraft come "apparentati" a questa storia. L'ultimo dei tre è stato decisivo nello spingermi verso l'acquisto.

Un'isola sperduta nei mari antartici (altra corda alla quale sono sensibile), un ex-ribelle irlandese giunge alla stazione meteorologica dove dovrà passare un anno isolato dal mondo. Unico suo vicino, una sorta di guardiano del faro non esattamente cordiale. E la notte stessa dell'arrivo l'irlandese si trova assediat

My Inner Shelf
Nov 28, 2008 My Inner Shelf rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kimisse, Corinne
Shelves: fantastique
Ceci est un cri d’extase. Cela devrait suffire à donner une idée de l’effet que m’a fait ce livre mais je vais tout de même m’exprimer de manière civilisée.
De prime abord, le sujet m’emballait grave sa race. Et une fois le livre entamé, je fus happée par l’ambiance et le cadre angoissant de cette île perdue au milieu de nulle part. Le personnage du narrateur débarque innocemment sur l’île, prêt à y vivre une année entière, avec des raisons de fuir la civilisation qui lui sont propr
Jonathan Briggs
A disillusioned young man seeks to escape humanity by taking a job as a weather researcher on an island in the Antarctic "at the end of the world, in the middle of nowhere and far from everything." He is alone on the island except for Gruner, an insane, hirsute lighthouse keeper ... and hordes of Lovecraftian fishmen who attack from the sea every nite. The narrator and Gruner form an uneasy, distrustful alliance, strained further by a love triangle centered on Gruner's hot, fishwoman lub slave. ...more
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Albert Sánchez Piñol was born in Barcelona in 1965 and is an anthropologist and writer. His writing has appeared in several journals, and Cold Skin is his first novel. Already translated into fifteen languages, it won the Ojo Critico Narrativa prize on its original publication in Catalan in 2003.
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