• "Witty and touching. It consolidates Kadare's reputation as one of the finest writers to emerge from communist Europe"

    Sunday Times
  • "Eloquent, engaging and poignant"

    Irish Times
  • "A wicked and amusing satire of provincial is also an elegiac celebration of the power of poetry"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "Funny, strange, and melancholy"

  • "Knife-sharp satire...originality shines through"

    The Times