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  • The fact that Ditlevsen was herself one of insanity's intimates does much to explain this book's harrowing authenticity. But The Faces - in Tiina Nunnally's very deliberate, close-to-the-nerve translation - rises above a case study because, working from the inside, Ditlevsen is able to explore the surprising contours of Lise's experience: from her point of view, madness can be funny, soft and secure, and far more enlightening than the "reality" it struggles to evade

    The New York Times
  • A searing but never sensational account of a usually hyped theme - the struggle of the artist to do her work, without guilt about family or the outside world. Admirably without self-pity, and often ironic, Ditlevsen is a voice to heed

    Kirkus
  • these are the best books I have read this year 'Praise for the Copenhagen Trilogy'

    John Self, New Statesman
  • Mordant, vibrantly confessional... A masterpiece 'Praise for the Copenhagen Trilogy'

    Guardian
  • Wrenching sadness and pitch-black comedy ... Sharp, tough and tender 'Praise for the Copenhagen Trilogy'

    Boyd Tonkin, Spectator
  • An inspired pick, especially for those readers whose introduction to Ditlevsen's work has been the Copenhagen Trilogy

    Paris Review

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