• "Barnes...has given Daudet a startling resurrection"

    New York Times
  • "A new translation of a forgotten pocket masterpiece by a forgotten pocket French writer, a very short, moving, book about pain"

  • "Vivid and impressionistic, it reads at times like a list of symptoms, at times like a sort of macabre prose poem… It looks like a slight book, but Daudet's eloquence is dynamite"

    Evening Standard
  • "A great deal of this unique text needs explaining to modern readers. The footnotes that Barnes provides are wonders of information and observation, brilliant novellas in themselves"

    Sunday Times
  • "This slim volume is full of snapshots from the frontier of pain: unsentimental observations, anecdotes and cries of anguish"

    Sunday Herald