• Strange, beautiful and terribly moving

    A.S. Byatt
  • This deeply moving book shames most writers with its nerve and tact and wonder

    Michael Ondaatje
  • An unconsoling masterpiece...It is exquisitely written and exquisitely translated...a true work of art

  • A spellbinding account of four Jewish exiles. Its restrained and meditative tone has stayed with me all year

    Nicholas Shakespeare
  • A sober delicate account of displacement, and a classic of its kind. Modest and remote, it resurrects older standards of behaviour, making most contemporary writing seem brash and immature. No book has pleased me more this year

    Anita Brookner, Spectator

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