• "Hugely impressive-Coetzee never puts a foot wrong"

    Daily Mail
  • "Anyone interested in the power of fiction to move us and extend our sense of life should get hold of this book"

  • "An intense and deep book"

  • "A stunning account of the relation of writers and events-A harsh and eloquent critique of the human condition. It is also a subtle, powerful, superbly written personal testament. The bleakness of vision is tempered only by the certainty that life can be material for art. This is art. The case is proven"

    Sunday Times
  • "Both a gripping mystery and a meditation on the relationship between art and life"

    BBC History Magazine

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