'[Jászberényi] is brutally frank in his stories of how the civil strife-wracked Africa and Middle East have not only demeaned the value of life and death but also killed the sensitivity of reporters and photographers to these horrors even while they seek to provoke the moral outrage of the outside world.'
David Ottaway, former Washington Post correspondent in Africa and the Middle East
'Impressive … standout tales … demonstrate the range of Jászberényi's storytelling talents.'
‘Unforgettable … an indispensable volume that helps us to remember and regard some of the greatest ruptures of our time.’
Kevin Rabalais, Sydney Morning Herald
'With this book Sándor Jászberényi joins the top ranks of short story writers today.'
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'This is one of the most honest books I have ever read. The author forgoes the journalistic altruism and moral obligation that books on reporting in crisis regions typically, disingenuously emphasize. Instead, The Devil Is a Black Dog is a truly authentic dive into the psyche, spirituality, and frailty of mankind. Jászberényi' deftly portrays all that through the lenses of both situations accessible to Western readers and exotic circumstances in a region regarded as violent and rife with hardship.'
Brian Dabbs, former editor of the Egypt Independent, former contributor to the New York Times and Al-Jazeera
'Fiercely precise, tight and violent — Jászberényi's book is beautifully constructed, tough and exciting prose.'
György Dragomán, author of The White King
'Jászberényi not just writes, but tells. Let me be a bit pathetic instead of him: he shows his heart. He would never call that particular organ a heart, that would be way too sentimental for him; instead he says: look at this fistful of bloody meat — that's me.'
'Each tale is a rich, poetic slice of life from places you might never go — such as Egypt and Chad … The stories all describe experiences alien to Westerners and skilfully explore material about which readers are curious: two guys bullshitting at their jobs, which happen to be verifying the numbers of massacred civilians; a dude living with townspeople who fear a wild dog that has enjoyed human blood … Mr. J[ászberényi] is a gifted writer, this book is to be savored and relished.'
‘‘Absorbing … Blending reportage with literary technique, The Devil is a Black Dog aims to get at the truth of war and its atrocities through fiction. This captivating debut achieves its aim as it bears witness to the machine of war, dehumanising civilisations across continents.’
Sarah Gilmartin, Irish Times
‘Extraordinary … Searingly truthful.’
‘Through his alter ego, Daniel Marosh, [Jászberényi] examines the effect war has on those caught up in it … Humankind at its worst is on display in these magnetically compelling stories, but so is the struggle to remain human in the face of it all.’
Alastair Mabbott, The Herald
The Devil is a Black Dog is an extraordinary book [which] blends and slides between genres: reportage, memoir and semi-autobiographical fiction … Jászberényi’s proze is visceral, his writing a testament to mankind’s endless capacity for killing and destruction. But he is a skilled enough reporter not to overload the reader … Among the blood and tear gas, there is always hope.’
Adam Lebor, TLS