I could barely put 'If on a winter's night a traveller' down such was the web of intrigue that it created. At times evocative of Borges, at other times Kafka this novel is the literary equivalent of a painting by M.C. Escher. This novel sows the seeds of creativity that have blossomed in the writing of David Mitchell and David Foster Wallace.
As most reviewers have already discussed, the novel is split into two halfs - the first is that of the reader 'You' and his new friend Ludmilla as they search for an intact, complete version of the different books that they receive fragments of. The other half is these fragments, each written in a unique style and with totally different… Read more