• "THE LOVER: Rarely have I read a novel so flawlessly written."

  • "Perfect, a tour de force ... dealing successfully with the strong themes of erotic love and death."

    New York Times Book Review
  • "WARTIME NOTEBOOKS: By turns ardent, raging, sensual and embittered ... A dreamlike, savage world, in which the great themes of love, war and death found their most recklessly impassioned chronicler."

  • "PRACTICALITIES: Many of the anecdotes are small masterpieces ... a delight to read."

    New Statesman