In but one of the baroque twists in this provocative and elegant satire on life in the weird world of today, a rat-infested old cinema in Melbourne becomes the improbable hiding place for illegal immigrants. Mother Bena, originally from a remote Romanian village, now heads a great Australian business empire, ruling it and her strange family with a rod of iron and a kind of ruthless wit. Anamaria Beligan, in her distinctive and cinematic style, has created a narrative that glides from shocking tragic-comedy to poetic revelation to a sad grandeur in this commentary on who does business in the world, how they do it, and what it costs. Carmel Bird
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The best novel about Romanian immigrants. With a plot based in Australia but also in the dilapidated world of the Romanian village, this book is a breathless read and contains all the ingredients of a bestseller of high literary quality: love stories, suspense, humour, satire, thriller elements and a high paced drama unravelling across several levels and timelines. --Revista Avantaje
An interesting, challenging post modern novel, with powerful characters, especially Mother Bena, a sort of female 'Godfather', 'busier than an airline company' and 'more restless than a global corporation'. --Saptamana Financiara
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