• "Marvellous, seriously witty, erotic and edgily surreal"

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times
  • "Saramago is one of Europe's most original and remarkable writers...his writing is imbued with the spirit of comic enquiry, meditative pessimism and a quietly transforming energy that turns the indefinite into the unforgettable"

    Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
  • "This cryptic, ingenious never dull or humourless... No candidate for [the Nobel Prize] has a better claim to lasting recognition than this novelist who was born in 1922 but was in his mid-50s before he started to publish the fiction that has won him an international reputation"

    Edmund White, New York Times
  • "A book filled with lyrical and intellectual rewards"

    Bill Marx, Boston Globe
  • "This hypnotic tale is a great comic romp through history, language and the imagination"

    Publishers Weekly