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"There it is again, already on the first pages: the unmistakable tone. [...] With this author, wisdom and lacony, melancholy and alert perception lie so closely together that the transitions are barely noticeable."
(Der Spiegel, April 28, 2008)

"Karen Duve's greatest talent [...] lies in the pointed description, preceded by close observation ..."
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 30, 2008)

"But now finally again. Great Duve - art. Laughter and despair. Real life as horror and great fun."
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, April 27, 2008)

"The importance of this book, also its aesthetic one, depends directly on the fact that it is not thought up, but has outgrown one's own experience. [...] This style in its no-frills severity, of constant gray and yet finely graduated in the gray tones like a North German one Rainy day, one is most likely to do justice to it if one says: that he has a feeling for the numbness. "
(Süddeutsche Zeitung, May 3-4, 2008)

"All of this is told at film speed and with expression, it is the well-known Duve and yet it is more. How it uses its naturalness to shape situations, how laconism and witticism curb the noise of the details, like a laboriously balanced life and precarious endeavors to read stability from the biographical and to become a character story, none of that has been read in this way by Karen Duve. [...] Relentless and truthful, but an unshakable irony undermines every simplification. A rare book. "
(Frankfurter Rundschau, May 27, 2008)

"... a sovereign book with a light hand that draws its wit from the absurd everyday life of its protagonists."
(Die Welt, May 24, 20087)

"Duve has not written a depressing novel. It is infused with a refreshing hatred of people. That many people are screwed may not be news, but such a well-thought-out range of wretchedness has rarely been read."
(World on Sunday May 11, 2008)

"Taxi tells of everyday life in the car - pointed, funny, lightning-smart."
(Focus, May 10, 2008)

"... in Karen Duve's typical brittle comedy he tells of everyday life between short journeys and queues. It's about longings and disappointed hopes, neuroses and love, life that takes place in various forms on the slippery synthetic leather of the radio number Zwodoppelvier."
(Der Tagesspiegel, May 4, 2008)

"A book that everyone should read who has ever sat in a taxi. Regardless of the seat."
(Brigitte, May 7, 2008)

"Great everyday scenes with speed, humor and a deep understanding of the drama of being a woman."
(petra, June 2008)

"Karen Duve's very amusing and at the same time depressing novel is brilliant in its portrayal of the most banal everyday occurrences. She portrays the drivers and their guests, a world between brothel and state opera, with flimsy sarcasm and a merciless look ..."
(Books, June / July 2008)

(Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, May 24, 2008)

"[...] a hilarious and deadly sad novel, a novel written full of compassion for the weak and quiet, full of anger at the strong and loud in this honking world."
(Tages-Anzeiger, June 2, 2008)

"... so vividly and with dry humor that you really get going while reading."
(myself, June 2008)

"A car as the smallest stage in the world (after the confessional)"
(Vanity Fair, May 14, 2008)

"... her unmistakable style and her unerring instinct for bizarre situations and absurd dialogues are also convincing in" Taxi "."
(dpa, May 2008)

"Taxi is a little literary pleasure ride."
(Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, May 20, 2008)

"We seldom had such an exciting trip. Duve deserved a hefty tip."
(Frankfurter Neue Presse, May 8, 2008)

"... dry, humorous, laconic, ambiguous, alert in perception and often with fine punch lines ..."
(Hamburger Abendblatt, May 7, 2008)

"... Chronicle of self-destruction to the point of tipping over into the comic and ridiculous. Only it pulls the register of humor better than ever."
(Hessischer Rundfunk - Mikado, May 7, 2008)

"What a book! Fast, nasty, witty written - with a lacony that is second to none."
(NDR Kultur, May 4, 2008)

"The reality in Karen Duve's novels is banal, gruesome and, in a way that verges on madness, funny and extremely entertaining at the same time."
(Bavarian Radio Culture World, May 14, 2008)

"... this novel is an entertaining on-the-road experience, a multi-faceted description of everything that makes the pleasure and frustration of a taxi ride on the night shift"
(Radio Bremen, May 22, 2008)

"Antihero Alex works [...] as a taxi driver. This amusing novel tells what happens to her."
(Bunte, April 17, 2008)

"A very enjoyable road movie."
(For you, May 13, 2008)

"... an interesting moral portrait, concise, with exaggerations."
(Free Press, May 23, 2008)

"It is this fine balance between wit and melancholy that characterizes her lyrics."
(Sächsische Zeitung, May 31 / June 1, 2008)

"... tells with her own comical lacony and a ruthlessness that also illuminates the ugly sides of her heroine."
(Kieler Nachrichten, May 14, 2008)

"... takes her readers on a tour of the bizarre world of Hamburg taxi drivers, in which she was at home for years."
(Saarbrücker Zeitung, May 23, 2008)

"All of this is told with film speed and expression, it is the well-known Duve, and yet it is more. How the writer uses her naturalness to shape situations, how laconism and witticism curb the noise of details, like a laboriously balanced life and efforts To get stability out of the biographical and become a character story, none of that has been read in Karen Duve before. "
(Badische Zeitung, May 24, 2008)

"Duve's drastic, harsh, powerful and direct language with elements of melancholy is her strength. It is what makes Duve's novels unmistakable ..."
(Westfälische Rundschau, May 24, 2008)

"Nobody writes so clearly, angry and funny about both lovable and unfit for life losers, their depressions, fears, self-doubts."
(Bielefelder, May 2008)

"Typical Karen Duve - headstrong, angry, thoroughly honest, black-humored"
(Glamor, April 29, 2008)

"Mercilessly honest!"
(in - Das StarMagazin, May 8, 2008)

"A social novel with speed, situation comedy and a lot of understanding for the contradictions of the gender struggle. Casual, funny and convincing."
(OK !, April 30, 2008)

"Your elegant miniatures around observations in the rear-view mirror are terrific." (Celebrity, July 1, 2008)

“With 'Taxi' Karen Duve has made a gorgeous book. Laconic, funny, profound and just lively. And that's why she is to be forgiven for never getting into a taxi carefree again. The novel is definitely worth the price. ”(Rheinische Post, Martina Stöcker, July 16, 2008)… more