Andrei Rubanov

"Antip's memories, which sketch the historical catastrophes of Russia as the misfortunes of an anthropomorphic other, are very original. This novel can be put on a par with Sorokin's “Ice-trilogy” or Neil Gaiman's “American Gods” ... Especially I would also like to emphasize the depth with which Rubanov devotes himself to the topic, the breadth of his point of view and the relevance of his presentation."

"The new book by Andrei Rubanov ... is a successful novel of ideas that questions the values and spiritual identity of people at the beginning of the 21st century."

"The pages of the novel about the wooden girl Dunja, Antip's unwanted daughter, are extremely exciting, and Rubanov should definitely write a continuation of her fate."