"I love the way that story speaks to my soul so much. Because I went to the mountains, to live in The Alps, looking for the same thing." Paolo Cognetti, 41, schrijver, Milaan (IT).
"In my mind I was so deeply in love with Sofia. And when I finished writing the book, it was like the end of a love story." Paolo Cognetti, 41, schrijver, Milaan (IT).
"I was really interested in the question: what comes next, what happens if we get a second chance at a better world and who would I want in charge?" Kass Morgan, 33, schrijfster, New York (USA)
"We all know the phenomenon of time being money and I wanted to explore what it would be like if that were a concrete truth." Sara Holland, schrijfster, New York (USA)
"People are telling me that it's a book that makes them cry." Sarah Crossan, 37, schrijfster, Hertfordshire (UK)
"As novels usually are, this is more than just about the story or the plot." Manu Joseph, 44, schrijver, Delhi (India).
"For me it was the ideal representation of the artist in a violent context, in a country like Venezuela." Rodrigo Blanco Calderón, 37, schrijver, Venezuela
"In the books of Thomas Bernhard, I like the strange brutality and his musicality." – Jaroslav Rudiš, 45, schrijver, Praag (Tsjechië)
"It's a very brutal and melancholic novel, with a very special humour." Jaroslav Rudiš, 45, schrijver, Praag (Tsjechië)
"What I like about this book most is that we get to know a lot of the characters, the author shows us a different life and its tragedies and successes in every chapter." Fatma Aydemir, 31, schrijfster, Berlijn
"The story is about her struggle living in between two worlds and about not being fully accepted by none of them." Fatma Aydemir, 31, schrijfster, Berlijn
"Even when you're thinking 'What the hell does he think he is doing' you can read it, because he can really write." Nell Zink, 54, schrijfster, Bad Belzig (DE)