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  • A beautiful and thoughtful exploration of the role of the horse in creating our world... lyrical and creative...I very much enjoyed it. Some of the scenes in it will stay with me for a long time to come

    James Rebanks
  • Intellectual and passionate ... Raulff's material is gloriously diverse ... [a] refined and ambitious book

    The Sunday Times
  • It becomes evident within three paragraphs that you have never read a book like it ... his writerly pace is exhilarating

    Kate Kellaway, Observer
  • Covers ground as rapidly and thrillingly as a Cossack horseman. It lays bare a dizzying network of connections and repeatedly offers unfamiliar approached to old themes

    Literary Review
  • Sex, violence and 6,000 years of horse power... an elegy to the way horses have galloped through our culture'

    Melanie Reid, The Times
  • This is not the Pony Club Manual or a trot through the more familiar sights of equestrian art history; it's Kafka, Aby Warburg, Tolstoy, psychoanalytic theory, Nietzsche and bleak monochrome photos in the style of Sebald. This epic enterprise is relieved by Raulff's spare, vivid style and deep learning

    Susannah Forrest, Literary Review
  • A brilliant, entertaining tour-de-force

    Die Zeit
  • Amazing insights sweep through the book - an entrancing history packed with stories

    Neue Zürcher Zeitung
  • Great cultural history

    Der Tagesspiegel
  • Ulrich Raulff is a wonderful storyteller


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