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  • [A] heartbreakingly beautiful novel… George Szirtes conveys both the sophistication and simplicity of Szabó’s narrative in a superb translation… Humble, wistful Ettie is a wonderful creation… Just as The Door won an immediate English-language following, Iza’s Ballad is bound to become one of the most loved books of the year… This publication of Iza’s Ballad, subtle and profound, is a cause for celebration

    Irish Times
  • The writing has a lovely clarity and a relevance that is timeless

    Kate Saunders, The Times
  • Szabo nails with incisive clarity the painful dynamics between the two [central] characters… A perceptive study of family relationships, bereavement and old age, it is harrowingly beautiful

    Juanita Coulson, Lady
  • A ruthless exploration of the damage we inflict on one another in the name of love

  • Szabo…is a rare voice, and this novel about the death of tradition and hope is a marvel of empathy

    Eileen Battersby, Irish Times Books of the Year

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