'Widely admired ... Alvarez does what Levi says: he writes what the politeness and prevarications of speech might have defeated' GUARDIAN 'To write about suicide ... to transform the subject into something beautiful - this is the forbidding task that Alvarez has set for himself ... he has succeeded' NEW YORK TIMES 'A beautifully written book, full of poetic truths. It holds the reader's attention because the author is deeply committed to his subject ... it adds a new dimension to the perspective of suicide' NEW SOCIETY
Al Alvarez, poet, critic, novelist, sportsman, poker player, has for seventy years been hard to categorize. Author of over twenty books including POKER and THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN he is one of the great writers of the 20th Century.
'To write about suicide... to transform the subject into something beautiful - this is the foreboding task that Alvarez set for himself... he has succeeded' New York Times