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'Lucid and exhilarating . A great gift' New York Review of Books
'Tantalizes and compels ... A welcome reminder of how a novel can be defiantly and brilliantly novel' Douglas Kennedy, New Statesman
Jules Epstein has vanished: first slowly, then all at once. He begins divesting himself of all of his worldly possessions. Now he's fallen off the face of the earth, and all the search parties can find is his empty monogrammed briefcase, abandoned in the Judean foothills.
In her room at the Tel Aviv Hilton, an American novelist has also left home to undergo a transformation. But when a stranger recruits her for a project involving Kafka, she is drawn into a mystery that will take her on a metaphysical journey and change her in ways she could never have imagined.
Lucid and exhilarating ... A great gift (New York Times)
Forest Dark tantalizes and compels ... This is as original and impressive a work of fiction as I have encountered in years; a welcome reminder of how a novel can be defiantly and brilliantly novel (Douglas Kennedy New Statesman 2017-09-22)
This dazzling dual-narrative novel is a fascinating meditation on fiction itself . Forest Dark finds Krauss at the top of her game. It is blazingly intelligent, elegantly written and a remarkable achievement (Emily St John Mandel Guardian)
A richly layered masterpiece; creative, profound, insightful, deeply serious, effortlessly elegant, both human and humane. Krauss is a poet and a philosopher, and this latest work does what only the very best fiction can do - startles, challenges and enlightens the reader, while showing the familiar world anew . to get lost in Forest Dark is to wonder. It is a pleasure and a privilege to read (Francesca Segal Financial Times)
A meditation on loss and transformation and an investigation of the mysteries of art and literature and family (Erica Wagner Observer)
Krauss writes with lyricism and mystery, but isn't above the odd cutting observational detail (Susie Rushton Vogue, 'Summer Reading')
Krauss is indeed a highly serious writer and also a very brilliant one . The prose is flawless ... Forest Dark is accomplished, generous and unabashedly serious (Cressida Connolly Literary Review)
A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration (Philip Roth)
Forest Dark shares much in common with Philip Roth's writing. Philosophical and intellectual, it explores identity, culture and the connections between the individual and history (Hannah Beckerman Sunday Express)
Krauss's elegant, provocative, and mesmerising novel is her best yet. Rich in profound insights and emotional resonance, it follows two characters on their paths to self-realisation . Nicole's conversations with Friedman and Epstein's with Klausner about God and the creation of the world are bracingly intellectual and metaphysical. Vivid, intelligent, and often humorous, this novel is a fascinating tour de force (Publishers Weekly)