• "A masterpiece, a triumph of realism, precisely finished, exactly located, a miraculous marriage of accuracy and imagination"

    Sunday Times
  • "A loving and detailed portrait of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust."

    Globe & Mail
  • "His greatest work."

    Ian Samson, Guardian '1000 novels everyone must read'
  • "Whatever region his writing inhabits, it is blazing with life and actuality"

    New York Review of Books, Ted Hughes
  • "He makes most contemporary practitioners of the art of fiction look like singers with only one song"