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The Pages

(2021)
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An entirely original novel in which a book—JosephRoth's masterpiece Rebellion—narrates its own astonishing life story,from 1930s Germany to the present day, at the heart of a gripping mystery.
 
“A powerful, powerful piece of work.” —Colum McCann, best-selling author of Apeirogon

One old copy of the novel
Rebellion sits in Lena Knecht’s tote bag, about to accompany her on a journey from New York to Berlin in search of a clue to the hand-drawn map on its last page. It is the brilliantly captivating voice of this novel—a first edition nearly burned by Nazis in May 1933—that is our narrator.
 
Fast-paced and tightly plotted,
The Pages brings together a multitude of dazzling characters, real and invented, in a sweeping story of survival, chance, and the joys and struggles of love. At its center are Roth, an Austrian Jewish author on the run, and his wife, Friederike, who falls victim to mental illness as Europe descends into war. With vivid evocations of Germany under Nazism and today, The Pages dramatically illuminates the connections between past and present as it looks at censorship, oppression, and violence. Here is a propulsive, inspiring tale of literature over a hundred years: a novel for book lovers everywhere that will bring a fresh audience to this acclaimed writer.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"An ingenious conceit." - John Banville

"A masterpiece. Full of great sentences. But also sort of obliteratingly moving, strange, and right." - Sebastian Barry

"A terrific, engrossing novel. I love the narrator – such a great character – and the structure is clever and carefully woven, and very satisfying." - Roddy Doyle

"Brilliant. It's a lovely, rich, strange book, very truthful and moving, with a beautiful ending." - Tessa Hadley

"Wonderful. It is as if Hugo Hamilton has invented a new form." - Neil Jordan

"A powerful, powerful piece of work. A wounded book making its own book. It brings so much to life – Joseph Roth, Chechnya, Germany, the art of writing, the whole notion of banning books, the lips of the past speaking to the present." - Colum McCann


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