"Each of Fonseca's books is not only a worthwhile journey; it is also, in some way, a necessary one."
"Rubem Fonseca writes like the maniacal dreamchild of Cortazar and Bukowski. Crazed, ribald, and relentless, the stories in The Taker
roam the streets of Rio like their disturbed characters, overwhelmed by the strangeness of life."
"Fonseca's work confirms, in the final analysis, that as a writer he has gone where none have dared in Brazilian literature."
—World Literature Today
"[Fonseca's narratives] take advantage of and reinvent existing popular literary forms, such as the crime novel, but also the political, social, existential and erotic novel."
—The 2003 Juan Rulfo Prize Jury