"Alessandro Baricco's new novel is about religion and sin, the sacred and the blasphemous, but perhaps above all about life, about the complicated and painful ways in which we approach it, the prices we pay, the losses and gains that add up to a figure that is always open-ended. It's an eternal storynot new yet always containing original elements that can render it authentic, possible, verifiable, if we know how to see it."
"Emmaus is a book about how difficult it is to see truly, in all times and in our own time. Thus it is the story of a fictionthat is to say a universe molded over timethat shatters under pressure of the cruelties of truth. But, at the same time, it is also the story of how, amid the ruins, the confusing world of resurrection appears."
"A short, haunting philosophical novel."
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“The haunting prose is soaked in a poetic sense of doom and brokenness, a hard-edged working-class lyricism reminiscent of Tillie Olson’s dustbowl classic Yonnondio.”
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“A riveting read”Switchback Journal
"It’s the sinister caprice with which he and his characters seem to take in blowing out their fine lines that takes this from being a beautifully written novel, to being a beautifully human novel." City Book Review