A powerful meditation on the price of ideology and the nature of love . . . The novel, remorseless in its depiction of man's inhumanity, is poetically alive to the redeeming power of love.
Andreï Makine has exceptional gifts for getting to the heart of true feeling . . . HUMAN LOVE is a haunting, often very tender story written in a kind of meditative fury . . . one of the best novels about Africa in a long time
Makine looks reality in the face and yet retains a belief in beauty and the transforming power of love
A beautiful, haunting fugue that carries the weight of decades of suffering on a continent that the West prefers to romanticise or ignore . . . [Makine's] reputation as one of the significant novelists of our age is only strengthened by this book.
Wonderful . . . his work is exhilarating
All his books are wonderful . . . But HUMAN LOVE, full of feeling, wisdom and tenderness amidst horror, is one of his best. If you ever despair of modern literature, read Makine.