"Nooteboom is one of the greatest modern novelists" -- A.S. Byatt "The prose has such clarity, charm and lightness that you take to disorientation with pleasure" -- Michael Ignatieff Sunday Times "Sharp, elegant prose... It recalls, in tone, Vladimir Nabokov. The language is, by turns, delicately allusive and rich, even ripely comic" -- D. J. Enright Times Literary Supplement "Nooteboom has shown himself a master of ironic wisdom, but also of elated, elegiac feeling. Intricately composed and finely translated, The Following Story will still be delivering after many readings" -- Ben Rogers Independent on Sunday "Nooteboom writes beautifully. His prose is clean and precise without feeling sparse, and he manages to combine clarity with intense lyricism - Part travelogue, part love story, this is an exquisite novel" -- Rebecca Abrams Guardian
Winner of the Aristeion European Literary Prize, this strikingly original novel is textured with the humour, pathos and expansive knowledge that have become Cees Nooteboom's hallmark.