Written in a lean, cinematic prose, Dagerman’s existential novels of the late Forties consider marital breakdown and sexual betrayal. Greene, for one, praised them for their “beautiful objectivity” and air of morbid psychology... Thanks to Graham Greene’s advocacy, Dagerman was in fact published in the UK in the late Fifties and early Sixties. A poet of the mundane, his influence can be felt today in detective fiction from Scandinavia (Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo). This moody, death-haunted novel is well worth reading.
"One Booker shortlist later, Galley Beggar were proved correct. Ellmann’s novel isn’t perfect, and it may not take the prize, but in a world where Ian McEwan is still at large, something introspective and richly painted is a tonic for us all...."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.25 out of 5