• "A remarkable and original book"

    Graham Greene
  • "J. M. Coetzee's vision goes to the nerve-centre of being. What he finds there is more than most people will ever know about themselves, and he conveys it with a brilliant writer's mastery of tension and elegance"

    Nadine Gordimer
  • "A powerful - even prophetic - intelligence at work"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "This is a voice at once authoritative and subtle: a very powerful combination"

    Hermione Lee, Observer
  • "A writer of formidable strength. His novel is important not only for its theme but also for the beauty and clarity of his style"

    Daily Telegraph