Reviews

  • I was reminded of Proust’s Combray when reading Martín Cullen’s moving and detailed evocation of a childhood spent among the sophisticated environs of Calle Juncas in central Buenos Aires and on several family estancias during the early 1950s.
    […] Written in prose that is often poetic […] The Estancia is a valuable record of a society that has now disappeared.

    Euan Cameron, Catholic Herald
  • As a distillation of the complex puchero stew that is Argentinian identity – culturally in thrall to Europe long after independence from Spain – The Estancia is unbeatable ... a superb meditation on memory: the past is another country ... this is an immersive, beautifully crafted novel.

    The Lady
  • Deliciously unsettling ... the voice, whether novelist’s or autobiographer’s, is unforgettable.

    Jonathan Keates, The Literary Review
  • Estancia is a marvel of poise and the high classical style... the writing has an incisive photographic clarity…the boy Cullen is a Tintin-like anomaly in his 1920s knickerbockers and beret...taken to France by his great-aunt Tía Tiode, a character out of Graham Greene's Travels with My Aunt.

    Ian Thomson, The Tablet
  • use of language: rich, flexible and incisive … Something new on every page … in the sense of a turn of phrase, an image, an emotion cut at an unexpected angle … a strange work of art, Freudian rococo, opera in the jungle … a book like bottled smoke.

    Duncan Fallowell

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