As I was being drawn into this shimmering, meandering, luminescent novel I felt impatience and reverence in equal measure . . . initially, I would read a few pages and put the book down, only then to be unable to tear myself away, unwilling to stop being inside it . . . every page, every person, a space - a place - to be in, the experience lives on outside the pages of the book . . . The whole world can be found in Caterina Pascual Söderbaum's An Oblique Place
A novel constructed on a grand scale, with rare architectonic ambition and finesse, a novel that inhabits its own world
Getting a glimpse of truly great writing is always earth shattering. It is both exhilarating and gruelling. Where should I start? With the images, with the thoughts, with the insights? With the language, that rises like the mountains around me. Majestic. Impregnable. And appealing. Caterina Pascual Söderbaum's novel communicates this feeling.
A truly singular book, enormous in scope, immensely personal at the same time that it is sweepingly historical in its concerns . . . This is a treasure of a book
Caterina Söderbaum writes here with a sensuous immediacy of detail. Superbly translated by Frank Perry, The Oblique Place meditates darkly on our moral and memorial obligations to the past.