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  • The candour and extremity and intelligence of My First Wife are profoundly affecting ... This is a literary masterwork of a vanished kind, but through the remarkable Hofmann it is born again as a story for our age. Hofmann has the rare ability to refresh the very heart of a text in translating it, to increase its connections to life

    Rachel Cusk, Guardian
  • The opening pages of this novel are ike something out of Chekhov - it's all there, the ennui, the preening etiquette, the intellectual posturing ... painfully heartfelt ... My First Wife is a devastating indictment of the choices we make out of convenience against our hearts and instincts, and the tragedies that ensue

    Independent
  • [Wassermann's] most elegant and focused work

    London Review of Books
  • You won't find a more agonising, fascinating literary account of a marriage hitting the rocks

    Mail Online

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