»Here is the detective as sacrificial visionary. He has literally lost his own, personal life in the service of the impersonal quest for justice; this may seem to us, readers at a distance, a kind of madness.«
Joyce Carol Oates
Minimalism in fiction: Joyce Carol Oates on Derek Raymond and his two Factory novels He Died with His Eyes Open and I Was Dora Suarez. Her worth reading essay The Visionary Detective at The New York Review of Books.
»I’ve read He Died With His Eyes Open twice. I don’t know if I could stand to read it again. Like all of Derek Raymond’s work, it has a remarkable and disturbing physicality.«
You Must Read This: Writer A.L.Kennedy on He Died With His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond. Her view about this novel at NPR.