“It’s like every sentence is a perfect jewel on black filth. As a writer, I have to read that book every year, just to be in the presence of the sentences.” Justin Cronin, 54, writer, Texas (USA).
“It has a very unusual narrator, it’s very compelling, and I admire it very much.” Elisa Albert, 38, writer, Albany (USA).
“Sometimes I’m overjoyed with it and think it is a great piece of literature, sometimes I think I failed completely, depends on the day.” Elisa Albert, 38, writer, Albany (USA).
“It is about how little things, decisions and mistakes can influence your whole life. It’s amazing how she tells that story.” Kristine Bilkau, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).
“I started thinking about this book around 2009, after the Lehmann Brothers crisis happened. I wanted to write about how big economic changes can impact personal life.” Kristine Bilkau, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).
“I better love it, because I worked on it for ten years. If I didn’t love it, I would be in big trouble.” Nathan Hill, 40, writer, Naples, FL (USA).
“I turn a realistic idea into a little imaginary, you could say surrealistic, writing.” Frank Witzel, 60, writer, Offenbach (DE).
“I go to every publisher in Germany and say: ‘Please let this book be translated’. Germans can’t live without this book any longer!” Frank Witzel, 60, writer, Offenbach (DE).
“It’s about religion, it’s about aesthetics, it’s about love and it’s about tragedy.” L.S. Hilton, 41, writer, London (UK).
“Every human being is made through his own story: a personal story, a family story or even a story of a country.” Mirna Funk, 35, writer, journalist, Berlin (DE), Tel Aviv (IL).
“It’s not only a book I love, it’s also a book I hate.” Karen Köhler, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).
“I never read a book that made me so physically interested; my body was somewhat shivering when I read it.” Samuel Bjørk, 46, writer, Norway.