New York Times reviews Puértolas

"Strewn with laugh-out-loud jokes and furnished with a biblical moral at the end, Puértolas’s lightweight tale, excellently translated, is close kin to those of Jules Verne. But Ajatashatru is no Phileas Fogg, nor does he share Fogg’s universe. His world is ours: postcolonial, rife with the economic inequities left in the wake of empire and with the desperate 'illegal' human beings they have created."

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