• "A stiflingly powerful evocation of a country in which war has found a homeland"

    Chris Power, The Times
  • "Inspiring... Evokes the feeling of a nation's collective suffocation"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Harrowing... Remarkable... Khadra's simple, elegant prose, finely drawn characters and chilling insights prepare the way for the terrible climax... A superb meditation on the fate of the Afghan people"

    Publishers Weekly
  • "A powerful human story"

    Financial Times
  • "Intense, elegant, despairing prose...deeply affecting"