Enemy of the Ants

A child deprived of love is a star without a sky. Readers of this book will succumb, as I did, to its distinctive lure. It says everything there is to say without feeling the need to explain.Vassilis Vassilikos

"With Jonas narrating in the stream-of-consciousness present tense, the story is told with sweeping cinematic imagery and appears simple on the surface but Valentin's raw insight into the turmoil and sinisterness of childhood cuts deep and makes for uncomfortable reading." — Publishers Weekly

An enthralling book. Valentin’s whirlwind narrative offers plenty of food for thought.Süddeutsche Zeitung

Stephan Valentin describes a child’s world with words that are simple, blunt and genuine.

We cannot help but be won over by Jonas’ distress, his acute loneliness, and by the tragedy that unfolds. LE MONDE de l’éducation   

A miniature linguistic masterpiece – moving, courageous and poetic.Berlingske Tidende                                                                                











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