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  • 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 Danubian Narnia. . . his writing delivers a rainbow-hued riot of fantasy, imagination and invention. . . If you looked for the perfect director to film Nostalgia, a joint effort by Guillermo del Toro and Terry Gilliam might just do the trick

    Boyd Tonkin, Spectator
  • Fiendishly clever, devilishly humorous and stunningly ambitious. . . one of Romania's most eminent novelists has finally reached Britain. It's been long overdue

    Miriam Balanescu, Prospect
  • Visionary and tormented. . . mixes history, autobiography and magic realism. There are hints of Bulgakov as well as an aura of Donald Cammell's and Nicolas Roeg's cult 1970 film Performance; a whirlwind of seedy glamour and despair that is itself a reflection of a nightmarish totalitarian state, as well as a scintillatingly detailed portrait of adolescence and retrospective longing

    Catherine Taylor, Irish Times
  • 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
  • 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
  • Romania's leading novelist and poet. . . Cartarescu's phantasmagorical world is similar to Dalí's dreamscapes

    Kirkus

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