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You Should Have Left Hardcover – 15 Jun 2017

3.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: riverrun (15 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786484048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786484048
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.7 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kehlmann is one of the brightest, most pleasure-giving writers at work today, and he manages all this while exploring matters of deep philosophical and intellectual import. (Jonathan Franzen)

Daniel Kehlmann is one of the great novelists for making giant themes seem light (Adam Thirlwell)

A well-crafted tale about one man unravelling due to forces beyond his control . . . You Should Have Left - part-horror, part-psychodrama - serves up effective shocks and thrills that keep us rapt and on the edge of our seats . . . Kehlmann brings that abyss ever closer and takes his narrator, and his reader, over the edge. (Malcolm Forbes National)

Wry, eerie and increasingly terrifying . . . Daniel Kehlmann is certainly in complete mastery of an entertaining Everyman's postmodernist Gothic guaranteed to unsettle (Eileen Battersby Irish Times)

Kehlmann plays on our manipulated expectations to pull off a rather spectacular hat trick . . . You Should Have Left is a story full of craft and scintillating devices . . . A chilling, curious little book, finely translated, and a promise of innovative maturity for its author (Mika Provata-Carlone Bookanista)

His fiction, conspicuously clever, tends to puncture all the dusty, lugubrious 'worthiness' of canonical literature . . .You Should Have Left [is] a taut and scary novella . . . [with] some high-grade science in it (Hermione Hoby Sunday Times)

It's a masterclass in economical storytelling, meticulously attentive prose and imaginative agility. Kehlmann creates narrative complexity with the deftest of strokes. He's also laugh-out-loud funny. This is both a highly readable novella and a subtly derisive challenge to readers to question the value of their own enjoyment. (Luke Davies Literary Review)

A sense of menacing claustrophobia, as the characters - and readers - teeter on the edge of an inexplicable abyss . . . Using some neat formal trickery and a cleverly suggestive atmosphere, this is a story about a marriage in trouble . . . At first glance there may not seem much to this little book, but it has a funny way with dimensions - its effects are amplified, and they linger. (Daniel Hahn Spectator)

Unsettling, tightly written (in an excellent English translation by Ross Benjamin), psychological suspense and outright, physics-defying horror . . . Kehlmann is a skilled storyteller who takes what could be a run-of-the-mill horror tale and builds it into something more intelligent, metaphysical, concise and perfectly paced as it cranks up the chill . . . Frightening and thought-provoking (Charlie Connelly New European)

This mind-bending novella about a writer losing his marbles contains images that startle and linger . . . The most arresting of the book's chilling moments might do for baby monitors what 'Jaws' did for swimming in the ocean . . . [Kehlmann] manages a few darkly comic flourishes . . . provocative . . . potent . . . pleasantly unsettling (John Williams New York Times)

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A chilling story of marital struggle and psychological disturbance from a master of modern European literature

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