• Soaringly beautiful, urgent and disturbing... A masterpiece

    Colm Tóibín, from the introduction
  • Mercè Rodoreda's artistry is of the highest order

    Diana Athill
  • Dark and beautiful and brilliant

    Sarah Moss
  • Rodoreda has bedazzled me

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Read it for its beauty, for the way it will surprise and subvert your desires, and as a testament to the human spirit in the face of brutality and willful inhumanity

    Jesmyn Ward, author of 'Sing, Unburied, Sing', NPR
  • Utterly extraordinary - I have had few reading experiences like it - it's as if one is unravelling a terrible yet irresistible secret, the secret of death

    Claire-Louise Bennett, author of 'Pond'
  • The greatest contemporary Catalan novelist and possibly the best Mediterranean woman author since Sappho

    David H Rosenthal
  • A heartbreaking, unforgettable read. One of the most important literary works from the second half of the 20th century

    El Cultural
  • It is a total mystery to me why [Rodoreda] isn't widely worshipped. . . . She's on my list of authors whose works I intend to have read all of before I die. Tremendous, tremendous writer

    John Darnielle, author of 'Wolf in White Van'
  • One of the most radical works from the past century

    El Pais

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