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From the Publisher"Vivid. . . . [With] the thrill of intellectual obsession. . . . Weiss's novels are remarkable for their ambitious conceits, stylistic variation, and unusual characters. . . . He uncovers the fear, apathy, longing and rage for which the now cliched psychoanalytic terms were invented. . . . His finest moments as a writer are when he plays the strict psychoanalyst, allowing his disturbed characters to speak their minds while he suspends judgment of right and wrong."
"Part medical detective story and part criminal confession. the story addresses justice, punishment, altruism, the fear of illness, the joy of recovery, the ecstasy of being alive, and the absolute worth of a single human life. From a literary standpoint, readers can expect a sizeable reward."—Journal of the American Medical Association
"One of his strongest works. One admires Weiss's skill at creating such a complex relationship between a subjective narrator who thinks he's objective and the reader who bears witness to it."—The Quarterly Conversation
"What an extraordinary writer he is!"—Franz Kafka
"Weiss took soul-searching to its darkest depths. He is remarkably open searching and piercing."—The Complete Review
"What makes Georg Letham so fascinating is not that he is a murderer, but that he knows this and is still plagued with a compulsion to contribute to humanity He kills for money, but when stripped of the need for money and forced to live, he becomes more of a human being."—Salonica
"A remarkable, haunting work. An extraordinary writer indeed. . . . Joel Rotenberg has done a fine job of rendering Weiss's snappily sardonic prose."—The Lancet Infectious Diseases
"I wonder why Weiss isn’t better known here. A doctor as well as a writer, he knew about the body as well as the heart, and you can trust him when he describes how each can act on the other."
—Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
"Ernst Weiss is in fact one of the few writers who may justly be compared to Franz Kafka . . . This is easily one of the most interesting books I have come across in years . . . One is filled with impressions, stimulated, gripped by images, characters, and episodes that are strangely real but also unforgettably fashioned. And, incidentally, it's all very Austrian."