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  • One of a number of cult writers to have emerged from post-communist central Europe... Stasiuk's prose has the easy flow of Kerouac's

    New Statesman
  • Politicises the everyday so compellingly that it calls to mind the greatest work of John McGahern

    Joseph O'Connor
  • A blistering existential thriller of dodgy deals and foresaken ideals

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent
  • Harnessing the shape-shifting, paranoid ambience of Kafka, not as a means to pass comment on totalitarianism but on the void (political and social) created in its wake ... impressive for the quality of its prose (Stasiuk is fantastic at listless, urban desolation)...a rewarding despatch from a country undergoing enormous change

    Claire Allfree, Metro
  • Paints a vivid and disturbing picture of contemporary life in Poland...offers a sobering vision of the new face of central Europe in a narrative that is at once hallucinatory, haunting and abject

    Publishers Weekly

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