"Netherland by Joseph O'Neill. The writing is complex, elegant and dripping with color. O'Neill succeeds in conveying, with considerable force, the sense of alienation felt by someone who realizes that they are, for all important purposes, on their own This sense of dislocation eventually comes to infect the reader. . . . and the result is that by the end of the story one is considerably less invested in the central character than one was earlier on. I can't decide whether this is a flaw or a mark of genius.''
MARK ROWLANDS, author of The Philosopher and the Wolf