"'Centuria' earns its place among postmodern classics such as
Calvino's 'Invisible Cities,' 'Hopscotch' by Julio Cortazar and
'Life, a User's Manual' by Georges Perec." -- Florian Mussgnug
"Times Literary Supplement"
"The comparison to Calvino...may be inevitable, but it seems unfair. Calvino's later story-mosaics surprise us by depicting a world we recognize; his invisible city is late twentieth-century Rome. ...'Centuria' brings together harmony and intensity, wringing creation out of closure; it can make us believe anything's possible." -- John Domini "American Book Review"
"Despite the short length of his 'novels,' Manganelli not only provides a great range of genres--ghost stories, love stories, tall tales, and so on--but also manages to end each story satisfyingly. His economic and essential use of language cuts to the heart of the matter..." -- Harvey Pekar "Bookforum"