SHORT-LISTED FOR THE JEWISH QUARTERLY-WINGATE PRIZE 2015
FOUND IN TRANSLATION AWARD 2014
GUARDIAN'S BEST FICTION 2013
GUARDIAN READERS' BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2013
ENGLISH PEN BEST YULE READ 2013
WINNER ENGLISH PEN AWARD 2013

 

'A spare, startling tale of love and survival.' Justine Jordan, Guardian

 

'This strange unsettling novel ... is a remarkable find.... The style is bluntly simple, like the affectless telling of a fable. The reader is held at a distance by a tone that is so studiedly neutral as to be almost jaunty, yet because it is relating the most appalling atrocities it becomes the more affecting.' David Mills, Sunday Times

 

'Krall has created an elegant, nuanced book about choice, consequences, identity and guilt... We have come slowly to the Central European and Germans - Hans Fallada, Joseph Roth, Ryszard Kapuscinski, all originally journalists like Krall - and we have missed so much.' Roger Boyes, Times

 

'An arresting style that rises in remarkable fashion to the challenge such a history poses to any narrator, combining steely lyricism with a thriller's tension.' Marek Kohn, Independent

 

'Chasing the King of Hearts is not only a love story and a Holocaust novel. Its deep and intimate inquiry is the mystery of personality – in other words, spiritual survival in a fateless universe... You now have in your hands a masterpiece.' Kapka Kassabova, Guardian

 

'Krall’s harrowing novel offers no easy, answers. It is a powerful meditation on the mystery of survival, on what we can and
cannot hope to comprehend.' Boris Drayluk, Times Literary Supplement 

 

'Powerful in its raw simplicity and deeply affecting in its emotional stoicism... An unforgettable and unparalleled addition to the classy stable of Peirene Press books.' Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post

 

'The narrative is epic in spirit but minimalist in its telling; historical but necessarily elliptical. With the homily of Walker Evans in mind – ‘Die knowing something. You are not here long’ – just read it.' Seán Sheehan, Irish Left Review

 

'With her laconic style, Krall creates a lightness that holds the horror and ... amazes the reader.' FAZ

 

'An outstanding writer... who realizes that every individual fate transcends the possibilities of literature... and that every fate needs to be told.' Gazeta Wyborcza