Hochgatterer's great art is to transform psychological confusion into a language of extreme clarity . . . This Austrian author writes with a sparseness that builds to a powerful crescendo before the dramatic finale.
The final days have been reported, filmed, sung and documented a hundred times, but rarely told as vividly as in Paulus Hochgatterer's new book . . . he narrates the last act of a drama in which life and future plans were reshuffled. This could be dismissed as hubris, were Hochgatterer not such a good writer.
Lean, incredibly vivid sentences ... the tension never lets up
His novels unleash a force that is rarely felt in contemporary German-language literature
Austria's answer to David Lynch
His work conveys a heightened awareness of the fragility of what keeps our innermost souls in check
Paulus Hochgatterer writes about life and the chasms that swallow you when you take the wrong path