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Beautifully written and richly imaginative
on 1 May 2013
I read this in one sitting and was really taken with it. As in her first novel, Chloe Aridjis has created a strange and unsettling world, full of enigmatic characters and lots of echoes and doubling. This is quite a haunting book, especially the passages about the suffragettes, which are really powerful, and the scenes in the National Gallery, which from now on will be a more mysterious place to me, but I also found a lot of dark humour and wit. And just when you think things have more or less settled into place, the narrative takes some pretty surprising turns. Asunder is a stranger and bolder work than Book of Clouds, but with the same kind of magic.