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From the PublisherThe Wall Street Journal [C]oncise, fable-like, light-textured yet morally serious in the highest degree....[R]ead it with delight and astonishment.
The Denver Post [A] tour de force...about partings, death, love, solitude, art, identity...[that] leaves the reader with the feeling of having gone through an epic.
The New Yorker Makine's dreamlike prose works beautifully when combined with a strong plot, as it was in his first novel, Dreams of My Russian Summers, and as it is here.
The Atlanta Journal Makine belongs on the shelf of world literature — between Lermontov and Nabokov, a few volumes down from Proust.