• 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

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