A novel of the most astonishing and disturbing eloquence ... shocking but beautiful.
David Marr, The Sydney Morning Herald
Breathtakingly good. This is Tsiolkas surely making his ascent to the position of one of Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary novelists ... One of his strengths is the ability to reveal gentleness lying where none might be expected. his prose is ... achingly tender and beautiful.
Ian Syson, The Age
Dead Europe sets sharp realism against folk tale and fable, a world of hauntings and curses against a fiercely political potrait of a society. The energy in the writing, the pure fire in the narrative voice and the fearlessness of the tone make the novel immensely readable, as well as fascinating and original, and establish Christos Tsiolkas in the first rank of contemporary novelists.
Brilliant ... unsettling ... It can shake you out of complacency, it can make you search your own soul to discover what’s lurking there and what you really believe. And it can radically alter your view of the world ... This blasphemous, disturbing, in-your-face book does all three.
Sara Dowse, The Canberra Times
Bold, gripping and deeply disturbing ... The energy, the furious - even poisoned - drive that propels this novel is thrilling. As a meditation on the corrosive, consuming power of hatred, it is convincing and compelling. It is also a deeply political novel; about those beliefs we accept and those we reject, and how little our positions regarding them really matter. It’s a very modern ghost story that’s haunting and haunted.
Australian Book Review
Confronting, challenging and impossible to put down ... If you’re tired of the comforting, tidy views of most contemporary fiction, you can’t go past Dead Europe. In a word, it’s deadly.
Sally Blakeney, The Bulletin
New Australia simply needs more A-grade writers like Tsiolkas.
Natasha Cica, The Australian