A brave, persuasive novel
An excellent novel . . . fascinating both in its exploration of the past and in the playful creativity of its own narrative.
An admirable novel, truly unique
Only Cercas could have written a novel like this, at the peak of his maturity as a writer; he is one of the best we have
A remarkable act of personal history: brave, revelatory and unflinchingly honest
Javier Cercas' last book, The Impostor (2017) . . . is, in its compassion and generosity, one of the most accomplished books I've ever read. His new novel is even better . . . there is no-one writing in English like this: engaged humanity achieving a hard-won wisdom
Cercas' candid wranglings with how to tell this tale, his own deep discomfort and the grave maturity with which he acknowledges he can't feel morally superior to Mena make him a wonderfully warm and wise guide through this sad, small chapter of the Spanish Civil War.