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Gabi's Review

This novel is cool and engaging. Set in the rarefied environs of the Hague's International Criminal Court our narrator works as a translator. Intimacy becomes a paradoxical and enigmatic quality she grapples to secure in a landscape where everyone is displaced. Written in spare elegant prose it feels very self contained, at the same time delivering a strong sense of place and uncertainty.


Publisher Reviews

'An amazing book, beautiful and captivating.' Elif Shafak

'A gorgeous, destabilizing meditation' Raven Leilani

From the author of A Separation, a taut and electrifying story about a woman caught between many truths.

'Katie Kitamura writes about being an outsider like no other author. Quiet moments are charged with tension and power. In short, the book is remarkable - beautifully written and intelligent.' Avni Doshi

'A perfect novel - taut and seductive. Kitamura has made the existential thriller all her own, and she effortlessly negotiates the personal and the geopolitical with a complex moral nuance.' Brandon Taylor

'Intimacies is a novel about the ruthlessness of power, the check of virtue, and the purportedly neutral bureaucracy meant to mediate between them. Katie Kitamura is among the most brilliant and profound writers at work today; she reminds me how high the moral stakes of fiction can be.' Garth Greenwell

'Kitamura writes with forceful, direct prose that makes for a bracing read and leaves the reader mesmerized.' Vogue *Best Books to Read in 2021*