• "Spellbindingly readable"

    John Bayley, Times Literary Supplement
  • "This gripping novel of the folly of idealism set in the post-Napoleonic Russian empire, has helped Jaan Kross to the stature of world-class novelist... An outdated, almost forgotten moral beauty struggles with the force of modern, well-meaning compromise"

    The Times
  • "The Czar's Madman is no bloodless allegory but a rich slice of reconstructed history... Kross creates an abundant human landscape with nothing schematic about it"

  • "This author's scope and depth make him a world writer, and his work is translated into every major language"

    Doris Lessing, Independent