`Stasiuk is undoubtedly a gifted writer'. -- Time Out
'One of the most original voices to emerge from post-Communist
Poland...The bleak, scary city, with its sooty snow, concrete tower blocks
and reek of coal dust, is very powerfully evoked'
-- The Times
'The cult Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk explores the hostile
landscape of Warsaw's criminal underworld: its loan sharks, drug-dealers
-- London Review of Books
'The writing is intensely atmospheric...brooding, beguiling,
memorable...a serious novel about politics, society, doing what one must;
it approaches the intellect via the senses.'
'impressive for the quality of its prose... a rewarding despatch
from a country undergoing enormous change'
-- Metro - Rev'd Claire Allfree
`...crisp, cool prose is excellent at evoking the nihilism of the
society... poeticising the mundane.'
-- The Leeds Guide
`Nine somehow merges the lyrical inwardness of a modernist urban
prose-poet such as Woolf or Joyce with hard-bitten underworld
suspense...studded with hauntingly graceful and tender passages. If
Quentin Tarantino mutated into a Polish literary novelist his work might
-- The Independent
`a brilliantly written, if dark and sombre, tale of life in Warsaw in the nineties...a must read'
-- Evening Herald