Gregorius... presents in patient detail and with vivid tableaux of contrasting couples, a problem that then exercised many. Ohlsson movingly depicts the plight of a man aware he is physically abhorrent to the woman he loves.
Paul Binding, Independent on Sunday
The power of the book comes from the difficulty of giving tenderness and humanity to [Gregorius's] perspective... Ohlsson is not content to be categorized as a successor. He has his own ambition and formal mastery. Silvester Mazzarella's translation succeeds in capturing the power of this unusual book, one that will be widely discussed.
Gregorius is a full, touching and artful re-imagining of its ungainly hero. It's also an unsettling but thoroughly engaging exploration of the seedier sides of human nature, and of the power men and women wield over each other in their most intimate relationships. No wonder it won a prize.