A truly wonderful, magnificent novel. It is understanding, intelligent, compassionate . . . If you were required to read only one book about Spain and its civil war, this should be that book.
Very few novels have the power to alter received opinion, but this marvellous book may well be one . . . A remarkable book.
This is an important, fresh and original book ... Above all, it demonstrates how eloquent and exciting fiction is still capable of being.
This is a masterly parable of political violence, of suffering, but also, and decisevely, of the strange logic of compassion and healing . . . should become a classic
With irresistible directness and delicacy, Javier Cercas engages in a quick-witted, tender quest for truth and the possibility of reconciliation in history, in our everyday lives - which happens to be the theme of most great European fiction . . . a marvellous novel
He has succeeded, with one perfectly crafted book, in single-handedly redeeming the epic genre