"A slim text. Huge literature." --Observer, Vienna
"A big historic picture in a small space" --Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"The tension and elasticity of this superb narration are impressive."
"This is a small masterpiece." -- TLS
"A revelation of humanism and hope almost musical in its intensity." -- The Guardian
"for, ultimately, it is what we know about the tragedy of World War II, and what Margherita does not, or will not ... that gives this miniature its power" -- Time Out
"Delius has the gift to articulate joy, beauty and love." -- The Independent
"This is the kind of reckoning with the past that could happen only with the passing of time."
"Delius's exploration of how indoctrination and denial work impresses with both the sympathy it creates for its bewildered protagonist and the musicality of its prose." --Financial Times
From the Publisher
"I was simply enthralled by the structure of this narrative, a single 117-page long sentence with a beautifully clear rhythm. At the same time it's a compelling and credible description of a "typical" young German woman during the Nazi era. If we can relate to her we come close to understanding the forces that were shaping an entire generation. "Meike Ziervogel (publisher)