[Nooteboom] brilliantly captures the intensity of the capital and its associated layers of memory.... He writes in a voice that blends the acuity of Martha Gellhorn with the meditative grace of W.G. Sebald."The Economist"
[A] deeply philosophical blend of reportage, history, and memoir, capturing the psyche of a people living in the shadow of a wall and of their own past."The New Yorker"
[Roads to Berlin is] "written with the accuracy of a historian and the imagination of a poet. Beautifully translated, too."Brandon Ronshaw, The Independent"
To read Nooteboom is to be introduced to a delicious European sensibility: cultured, erudite, lyrical, searching for answers."The Guardian"
The book is cleverly written as a history and travel guide which reads like a novel, a unique, one-of-a-kind armchair travel experience you will find fascinating.... A most interesting, informative read that will delight any history or travel buff."www.RealTravelAdventures.com"
Nooteboom understands well the German national character."Die Zeit"
Nooteboom is one of the greatest modern novelists."A.S. Byatt"
More than a reporter, more even than a traveler, Nooteboom is a poet. His writing is lyrical and densely textured. He is a poet of time and memory."Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books"
It is a wonderful voyage of self-discovery, and a psychological exploration of a nation in turmoil."Quentin Peel, The Financial Times"
An exciting account... Nooteboom wears his erudition lightly, and weaves personal anecdote into memorable reportage."Ian Thomson, The Sunday Telegraph"
A uniquely meditative and poetic study of Germany."Colin Thubron, The Guardian. ("The Observer's books of the year")