… Toussaint boiled down to the essentials, with no wasted words or thoughts.

M.A.Orthofer reviews Urgency and Patience by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

“It makes for a nice, tight, spare collection, Toussaint boiled down to the essentials, with no wasted words or thoughts — and yet also with a comfortable ease to the writing (it’s not forcibly compressed, either). It is also revealing, offering some insight into the author, and his becoming an author — a welcome glimpse behind the fiction.” — M.A.Orthofer, 15 July 2015

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