"Exquisite ... Admirers of Cavafy will love this convincing portrait of the poet as a young man. But even those new to his work will be beguiled by Cavafy’s Paris and this close scrutiny of a poet’s mind — his wavering between faith and despair at his own talent, his desire to be heard. Sotiropoulos’s novel, with its own distinctive style, is a worthy tribute to a great man."

The Times of London