Review of Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto on To Be Read

‘Bakalar…has a sharp eye for detail, be it the business of smuggling or the tragi-comedy of the migrant experience…a very promising debut novel’ To Be Read

More praise for A.M. Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto:

‘Reading and loving Madame Mephisto by A.M. Bakalar. Exceptional book.’ Deon Meyer, author of Thirteen Hours, Dead at Daybreak (shortlisted for The Sunday Times literary Prize), Trackers (shortlisted for CWA International Dagger Award)

‘The book as it was fun…Magda makes some great observations about Britain and is pretty scathing about the Polish and their culture.’ Guardian

Madame Mephisto shows how both totalitarianism and theocracy oppress women and infantilize men. Bakalar…captures how isolating London can be for newcomers.’ Max Liu, The Times Literary Supplement

‘Intriguing read.’ Bibliotheca

‘Magda is a sum of all Polish grievances and frustrations and an interesting study on self-destruction.’ Book Snob

‘A very powerful account of the liberating and sometimes bitter experience of living abroad.’ Karolina Golimowska, CaféBabelBerlin

‘Punchy debut…Mouthpiece of new Poland or amoral ballbreaker? … what’s most striking about the book is its vigour and the curious charisma of Magda herself. Balakar has created a contemporary anti-heroine with a heart of pure titanium.’ Elsbeth Lindner, Bookoxygen

‘A.M. Bakalar created a memorable anti-heroine, worth adapting to the big screen…fantastic first novel!’ Jimena Gorraez, Literati