Tyszka is a perceptive, original writer.
The Venezuelan Ian McEwan.
The best novel about charisma I've read in a long time. Everything it tells us rings true.
His devilish ability to bring together distinct storylines that converge in the apotheosis of a brilliant finale is proof of Barrera's awareness of the finer points of deft and intelligent writing.
Barrera's prose is clear, rousing, borne of authenticity when it comes to expressing the contradictions of human beings.
Why is Alberto Barrera Tyzska's novel so good? Because, from the first phrase to the last, he keeps us interested, curious, and concerned for what will happen. Because this flair of his reveals a great deal of cultivation, study, and insight into the art of creating suspense. Because his ability to create a redoubtable literary space, which we inevitably associate with the International Sanatorium Berghof in The Magic Mountain, Leopold Bloom's Dublin, or mad Ahab's Pequod, is breathtaking.
Enthralling . . . with its skilfully wrought atmosphere of suspense and energetic prose