• "Fulfilling and provocative"

    Julian Evans, Daily Telegraph
  • "Magnificent"

    Michael Eaude, Independent
  • "There are enough illuminating moments of disillusioned adolescence and wounded adult idealism in this work to confirm him as among Spain's finest living authors"

    Adam Feinstein, Guardian
  • "He describes the sordid poverty and repression of the Barcelona of the 1950s through the lives of a wonderfully drawn assortment of invented characters"

    Raymond Carr, Spectator
  • "Juan Marsé's contribution to European literature has been consistently remarkable"

    Times Literary Supplement

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