"Mrs. Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu has written, after the model of the English novel, the moral and sentimental story of a family, a study of ramified psychology, probing into the deepest feelings of the collective clan and family life that changes from generation to generation as a result of fatal conjunctions, and from which only a few enduring characteristics remain intact, after many avatars." 1932

by Mihail Sebastian (1907-1945)