• "Perhaps the first great novel of the 20th century"

    New York Times
  • "A simple but magnificent proof of genius. A first novel by a 25-year-old with absolute command of his craft, uncanny knowledge of his world, its past and present, and a daring originality which makes its last pages among the most startlingly moving I know"

    Alan Hollinghurst, New York Times
  • "One of the best novels of the 20th century"

  • "That definitive epic of German family life"

    Irish Times
  • "His masterpiece"

    Los Angeles Times