• Essential reading for anyone thirsting for an understanding of the complex density of Europe's multicultural inheritance

    The New York Times Book Review
  • Bassani, in these cultivated worldly-wise stories, so steeped in tenderness, rage and loss, is like someone returned from the underworld to bear witness

    The New York Times Book Review
  • Exquisite . . . from his boyhood Ferrara and the families he knew, Bassani has carved out a corner of Italy that rises above regionalism with fiction that can stand alongside the most lingering written in Europe to day

    The New York Times
  • Bassani is one of the great novelists of the last century ... It is time, long overdue, for Bassani's six-volume masterwork to appear in [English] in the shape and form, and with all the revisions, he chose for its appearance as a complete novel...The city and its people are immortalized in its luminous pages

    Paul Bailey, Guardian
  • Powerful new translations . . . Bassani began as a poet, and McKendrick's redelivery of this taut uncompromising fiction reveals resonance and generosity

    Ali Smith
  • No one else writes about time like this. Bassani is deeply unsettling and yet a joy to read

    David Herman, Jewish Chronicle

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