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  • Mesmerising . . . At this very fine and disturbing novel's core is a compelling meditation on love in all its ramifications

  • The real pleasure is in the strange things his narrators do to the business of narration. Marías has discovered a unique form

    Adam Thirlwell, TLS
  • Plotted with tremendous skill and elegance, this cerebral tale is entirely absorbing

    Daily Mail
  • The classical themes of love, death and fate are explored with elegant intelligence by Marías in what is perhaps his best novel so far'

    Alberto Manguel, Guardian
  • Marías at his most haunting

    Financial Times
  • No one else, anywhere, is writing quite like this

    Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph
  • Absorbing and unnerving . . . powered by the pressure of good old-fashioned suspense

    Sunday Times
  • A murder mystery that's also a brilliant meditation on life, love and death

    Robert McCrum, Observer

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