• "An enthralling and significant novel, authentic in its gritty documentary detail... This raw honesty, along with Michael Hofmann’s masterly translation... makes the book so contemporary and vital"

    Rory MacLean, Financial Times
  • "An astonishing novel, every bit as astonishing in a different way as Fallada's Alone in Berlin, and deserves to have the same success"

  • "The characters are engaging, and multidimensional. You care what happens to them"

    Wall Street Journal
  • "Like a karate chop: hard and direct, but true"

    Der Spiegel
  • "A real discovery"

    Literarische Welt