Schimmelpfennig's world is uncomfortable and cold; but in the hearts of his characters glow the flames of longing, passion and solidarity
A powerful novel of extraordinary momentum and contemporaneity - its looping narrative is both gripping and unsettling
A moving book that delicately and expertly captures a prevailing atmosphere - of disorientation and bleakness in society, and of unexpressed feelings
The exhilarating narrative is wonderfully concise, and the imagery is intensely cinematic.
As cool and incisive as its title suggests
A looping, episodic, beguiling contemporary fable about a set of dysfunctional, seemingly disconnected characters whose fates are spun together along the mysterious wolf 's path . . . delivered crisply in Jamie Bulloch's translation.
A highly original and often hypnotic work . . . exactly the type of book that readers in search of striking European voices should embrace.
Roland Schimmelpfennig shockingly reverses readerly expectations and conjures up for us a superbly dark comedy of manners . . . This combined quality of stage economy and theatricality accentuates what is essentially a particularly unflinching, penetrating gaze into the state of our society.
A vivid ensemble of nuanced characters emerge as their daily lives coincide through a cleverly multi-layered, interconnected narrative . . . Schimmlpfennig rarely says too much in a brilliantly kaleidoscopic morality tale that suggests a great deal
A magnificent achievement, a novel of terrific originality
Mesmerizing . . . The narrative is wonderfully spare, rendered in clear, simple sentences . . . A satisfying and memorable story