• An immensely generous novel, vivid and adroit in its use of history

    The Times
  • Peter Carey, Garcia Marquez, Alexander Solzhenitsyn: André Brink must be considered with that class of writer

    The Guardian
  • On the surface, On the Contrary is a picaresque historical novel... Underneath, of course, the novel is about today's South Africa and the dilemmas facing people challenging the status quo. Brink has written a novel which entertains first and only later assumes a political significance. To rake over the old embers with such skill and ingenuity represents a considerable acheivement

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Infernally beautiful

    New Statesman
  • Unfailingly honest

    Sunday Times

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