CRIMS.CAT (CLANDESTINA), 2022, 180 p. FICTION, Crime’s Novel, Catalan
Author supported by the Ramón Llull Institute, translation grants
X Memorial Agustí Vehí-Vila Award in Tiana Black Novel Festival 2022
Queralt, a psychologist by training, works at the Suicide Assistance Center (C.A.S.) number twelve, an agency attached to the Social Security that regulates suicide requests from her patients. Their task is to assess each case and act accordingly, often administering deadly drugs to those who meet the appropriate requirements to speed up their death: terminal illnesses, chronic depression, family trauma… All this, very simple and hygienic, if it were not for the fact that one morning an unexpected file falls into her hands, which will force her to make drastic decisions and ask questions that will seriously affect her life.
In an alternative and increasingly technological post-pandemic world, where suicide is controlled and promoted by public health, what value is given to people’s lives? What has become of the ability to fight? Why has this type of death become the main public health problem?
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