The Advertiser, June 10, 1990

Pagan, Three Sydney Novels

Pagan is brilliantly written. As well as being very readable, it offers a highly intelligent analysis of the themes of Australia’s 20th century cultural history set around a story that was to grab the imagination - and the tabloids - of the country in the way Azaria Chamberlain was to do more than 20 years later. … Baranay is one of the most talented writers to emerge for some time. She has a great sense of character, an acute mind which ranges through art, music, philosophy, politics and literature, and a profound and insightful comprehension of the dynamics of human behaviour. She also has a savage and urbane wit and a rare ability to evoke human tragedy in the most understated of ways.

-The Advertiser, June 10, 1990