‘I have spent most of my reading life consuming novels, yet it is this short-story collection that stands out most vividly from what I have read in the last four or five years,’ says Lynette Field on the Meanjin blog.
LiteraryMinded calls it ‘one of the best contemporary short story collections I’ve read’: ‘If you like Kafka or Beckett, or MJ Hyland for that matter, you’ll like Takolander.’
‘Takolander’s angle is the familiar made strange, and her work has a wry quality that echoes early Atwood’s fierce genius,’ says Jennifer Mills at Overland. ‘[Her] craft and skill is stunning.’
Readings listed The Double in its top 5 Australian short-story collections published in 2013.
Read an interview with Maria Takolander in the Weekly Review.