Reviews

  • Cartarescu is one of the great literary voices of Central Europe. He daringly questions our usual way of looking at the world, suggesting that rationalism is merely an attempt to create order. In fact, the world is made up of the nuances of our fantasies

    Olga Tokarczuk, author of Flights
  • A bright star on the firmament of European literature

    Le Monde
  • Creator of a universe that's caught between dream and reality, Cartarescu is a revelation

    El Pais
  • A timeless invitation to dream and embrace the comforting power of personal memory, the only sure bulwark against the effects of totalitarian control. . . Gripping, impassioned, unexpected -- the qualities that the best in literature possesses

    Thomas McGonigle, Los Angeles Times
  • If mind-warping literature is your thing, read this book, then read it again

    Christopher Byrd, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Romania's leading novelist and poet. . . Cartarescu's phantasmagorical world is similar to Dalí's dreamscapes

    Kirkus

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