• "His is a voice which Europe cannot afford to ignore."

  • "His observation of human nature in all its facets is wonderfully accurate."

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "One of Maalouf's most subtle books, and without doubt one of his most accomplished."

    Le Point
  • "Sparkling and erudite, this is a wonderful novel."

  • "A splendid book that should be read in the way one looks at a highly coloured fresco, allowing oneself to be transported by the breeze that wafts Balthasar on the most unexpected journeys."

    Nouvel Observateur