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  • This is an enormously ambitious book, one in which the intimate and the momentous are exquisitely balanced. It is the story of a man who spent almost all of his adult life behind a desk or going for sedate little post-prandial walks with his wife. From this sedentary existence Tóibín has fashioned an epic

  • The Magician is not a biography but a work of art, an emotional reckoning with a century of change, centred on a man who tried to stand upright but was swayed by the winds of that change

    The Times
  • In a novel of many moods, its every page rings true

    Mail on Sunday
  • An expansive yet deeply personal exploration of the life of exiled German writer Thomas Mann . . . Containing beautiful observations on life and literature, and a sweeping sense of historical scale, The Magician remains tightly written and wryly funny

  • Both epic and intimate, The Magician is most successful in its moving portrait of three generations of sprawling, loving, fractious family life . . . a triumph

    Financial Times
  • A triumph

    Daily Telegraph
  • Colm Tóibín has already written several truly extraordinary novels. The Magician may be the very best of them

    Sunday Independent
  • As with everything Colm Tóibín sets his masterful hand to, The Magician is a great imaginative achievement -- immensely readable, erudite, worldly and knowing, and fully realized

    Richard Ford
  • The Magician is a remarkable achievement. Mann himself, one feels certain, would approve

    John Banville
  • This graceful novel is a moving and intimate portrait by one master of another . . . It is a stunning tribute to the great man, and a vital story for now

    Anna Funder

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