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  • 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
  • Written with all of Coetzee’s penetrating rigour, it will be an early contender for an unprecedented third Booker prize

    Tim Adams, Observer

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