"Ödön von Horváth was a brilliant German writer. . . .He makes the truth irresistable."
“Horváth had turned his back on the mournful realism of the émigrés, with their passion for easy caricature and their desire for revenge. He had realized with extraordinary acuteness that to meet the horror of reality with a horror literature was no lon- ger possible or useful; that the reality of Fascism was in fact so overwhelming and catastrophic that no realism, particularly the agonized naturalism of the twentieth century, could do it justice.”
“The most gifted writer of his generation.”
“Horváth is better than Brecht.”
“One of the best Austrian writers ... In every line of his prose there is an unmistakable hatred for the kind of German philis- tinism that made the German murder, the Third Reich, possible.”
“The most gifted of the young dramatists, and above and beyond the brightest mind. . . .”
“These works remain steps. But they lead to great heights.”