• It's time for reviewers and sundry pundits to quit the flattering comparisons with Lorca, Joyce and Garcia Marquez. Manuel Rivas reads like no-one else on the of those novels to lavish on friends... Manuel Rivas' sweeping novel, translated into English for the first time, is an undoubted classic

  • This is an exceptional book by an exceptional writer... a unique literary enterprise

  • A novelistic tour-de-force...hauntingly poetic use of language and light touch...Rivas never loses faith in the human ability to overcome the bleakest of situations

    Irish Times
  • His most substantial work to date

    London Review of Books
  • His boldest take yet on the war's repercussions in his native Galicia... a work of unusual beauty

    Financial Times

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