(Critiques at the time of publication)


“I liked Pit of Babel very much. I found it held my interest and offered both suspense and surprise. It is a novel of energy, imagination, and human warmth.” James E. Miller, Jr., USA, author of Quests Surd and Absurd, Myth and Method, etc.
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Pit of Babel is a literary allegory, its hero facing a labyrinthine pattern of action, as all of life’s teeming multiplicities flash by—now in full sight, now in shadows, and now wrapped in life’s own darkness.” Edwin Honig, USA, author of Dark Conceit, Garcia Lorca, etc.
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Pit of Babel is a mirror of society. It is the product of a remarkable mind.” Northrop Frye, Canada, author of Fables and Identity, Anatomy of Criticism, etc.
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“I was very moved by Pit of Babel.... There is something Dantesque about the infernal world of the novel. I was also impressed by the additional level of the story which becomes an allegory of the artist. The protagonist as musician who must tell and retell his tale becomes a sort of Orphic Ancient Mariner.... Pit of Babel is an experience I shall remember.” Murray Krieger, USA, author of The Tragic Vision, The New Apologies for Poetry, etc.
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“I have read Pit of Babel with much interest and considerable pleasure. Joseph Zsuffa is a talented serious writer.” Walter A. Strauss, USA, author of Descent and Return, Proust and Literature: The Novelist as Critic, etc.
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Pit of Babel is a gripping and achieved novel, with a clean-eyed vision of the terror, endurance and poetry of the human condition.” Ihab Hassan, USA, author of Radical Innocence, The Dismemberment of Orpheus, etc.
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“Reading Pit of Babel is a powerful and moving experience.” Colin Wilson, England, writer and cultural critic, author of The Outsider, The Strength to Dream, etc.
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”I was impressed by Pit of Babel, especially by its fable and dramatic content.” Artur Lundkvist, Sweden, renowned poet, novelist, and critic, author of The Talking Tree Poems in Prose, Journeys in Dream and Imagination, etc.
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Pit of Babel makes for compelling reading; it demonstrates an honest interest in human beings, in the questions we ask to keep daily life in perspective.... Mr. Zsuffa proved that he has a rich imagination.... He has begun the development of a style that combines precise simplicity with complexity of thought and with an unusual faith in human possibilities.” Raymond M. Olderman, USA, author of Beyond the Waste Land, etc.