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  • 'Gave me nightmares ... These stories work the boundary states of consciousness like a tongue works an aching tooth'

  • 'A revelation - like reading late-Tolstoy fables set in an alternative reality'

    New Yorker
  • this short and rather extraordinary book of "Scary Fairy Tales" [...] succeed - in many cases quite hauntingly.

    Theo Tate, Sunday Times
  • An entrancing collection of tales, as humane and unsentimental as Chekhov, as grim and funny as Beckett, as dark and unsettling as Poe.

    Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday
  • Penguin has given this book instant promotion to 'modern classic' status and it's easy to see why. It is an extraordinary collection of jet-black tales by one of Russian's foremost writers, which has understandably inspired comparisons with Tolstoy. Beat that.

    Daily Mail

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