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

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

    Diana Athill
  • 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
  • The novel is suspenseful, pushing the reader through the images, memories, and voices that flow within the protagonist's often confused mind as he develops into manhood. Just as the unnamed protagonist must navigate a world of contradictions, the novel reflects Rodoreda's own political, social, and literary exile while speaking of a tyranny that feels almost uncanny in its incantation

    Bomb Magazine

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