'A seductively exciting historical exploration of a country that no longer exists ... Kauffmann is the ideal literary detective' Irish Times.
'A triumph ... superbly translated by Euan Cameron, provides a vivid amalgam of opinion, history and travelogue; I was absorbed from start to finish' Financial Times.
'Curiously engaging and even tantalising book ... this book is something of a tour de force' Spectator.
'Kauffmann is a gripping narrator. The minute he lands in Riga ... you're hooked' The Lady.
'This wonderful writer has come up with another winner' Giles Foden.