• "An energetic - and energising - writer"

    Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
  • "[A] haunting, poetic novel"

    Michael Kerrigan, Guardian
  • "One of the finest tours de force published anywhere, in any language"

    Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
  • "In this haunting, wonderfully poetic novel, Rivas gives us eloquent warning that what starts as fearful silence may end up as an incapacity to speak"

    Michael Kerrigan, Guardian
  • "Rivas, ably translated here by Jonathan Dunne, combines a lyric gift, full of rich imagery and a touch of fantasy, with bald, direct prose"