• "Richly enigmatic, with regular flashes of Coetzee's piercing intelligence"

    Theo Tait, Guardian
  • "As ever, JM Coetzee manages to dodge every category with mesmeric cunning... This limpid, gnomic and surprisingly witty tale will take root in your imagination’"

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent
  • "There are lots of traditions and tales mixed in – along with mathematics and a wonderfully poetic use of language"

    Financial Times
  • "Engaging and thoughtful"

    Theo Hobson, Tablet
  • "A fine, haunting novel that gets under your skin and into your marrow"

    Jake Kerridge, Daily Express

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