• A psychologically intricate, flawlessly researched tale of Stalin's legacy through the eyes of a disillusioned old communist. It felt as English as Le Carre with its elegant Cold War scene-setting and quiet but intense emotional range.

    Melissa Katsoulis, Times
  • This is a double headed story that is both sad and compelling

    Nina Caplan, Timeout
  • Szalay weaves a multilayered narrative ripe with period detail... A challenging thriller... Gripping

  • Impressive... Still in his mid-thirties, Szalay will surely soon be adding more prizes to his Betty Trask

    The Sunday Times
  • Szalay moves skilfully across time and shows that history's end is not prophesied in books, but written in the wind

    Steven Martin, The Big Issue

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