• Roth is a comic genius... In this book (wonderfully sharp, worryingly intense) he is an electrifier

    Martin Amis
  • Unquestionably his masterpiece

    John Banville
  • Boisterously serious, dense, fizzing and formally audacious... The final thing that needs to be said about The that it's fucking funny

    Julian Barnes, London Review of Books
  • No other writer combines such a surface of colloquial relaxation with such a dense load of mediating intelligence - Roth has never written more scrupulously or, in spots, more lovingly

    John Updike, New Yorker
  • Magnificent...splendid... I hope The Counterlife felt, as Mr. Roth wrote it, like a triumph, because that is certainly how it reads to me

    New York Times Book Review

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