Appealing . . . deceptively simple prose, with its ironies and hints of unstated emotion -- Financial Times, June 2004
Combines the mordant humour of Bulgakov with the scope of Solzhenitsyn -- Observer
Not one inauthentic detail . . . Druzhnikov is working accurately and precisely like a sapper -- Literary Gazette, Moscow
This beautiful book . . . manages to combine plainness and poetry, horror and humour, in a quite extraordinary way -- Literary Review, July 2004
Vigorous, uncompromising prose, emitting flashes of cinematic brilliance -- Good Book Guide, July 2004
About the Author
Yuri Druzhnikovs work has sold over 250,000 copies in Russia and he is considered by many European authors (including Alexander Solzhenitsyn) to be one of the most important Russian writers of modern times. His novel Angels on the Head of a Pin was named one of the ten best Russian novels of the twentieth century at the 1999 Warsaw conference. In 2001 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. He teaches at the University of California at Davis.