• "Her deceptively simply and understated style is best suited to shorter fiction: her touch is light, but with an underlying darkness that bears witness to exile, marginality and existential frustration"

    Aamer Hussein, Independent
  • "This is a writer of rare power, make no mistake"

    Evening Standard
  • "A sordid tragedy that makes us for the thousandth time question the worth of human existence. The impression remains with the reader that it is the work of a woman who has the strength of one of the masters like Balzac or Dostoyevsky"

    New York Times, 1930
  • "A powerful description of a man's relentless decline"

    Ian Critchley, Sunday Times
  • "Striking first work, sensitively translated by Sandra Smith"

    Sunday Telegraph