• "A vivid, macabre and wise novel"

    New York Times
  • "His ability to spin eerie parables out of a little-known national history makes his books an addictive pleasure"

    Jonathan Romney, Independent on Sunday
  • "A compelling investigation into language and myth, politics and power, by the renowned, infinitely talented Albanian novelist"

  • "[Kadare] is seemingly incapable of writing a book that fails to be interesting"

    New York Times
  • "In Ismail Kadare's fictional worlds creation and destruction are entwined, and how he illuminates the human cost of their varied pairings is the source of his greatness as a writer"

    Chicago Tribune