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The new novel about the transformative power of art, the weight of history and the strange connection we make with one another, from the author of The Speckled People.
The narrator of The Pages is not a human but a book: a first edition of Joseph Roth’s masterpiece Rebellion, rescued from a Nazi book-burning in 1933. In recounting its history, it tells a multitude of stories: of Andreas, the character who lives in its pages; of its current owner, a woman whose discovery of a hand-drawn map in the book begins a thrilling mystery; and of Roth himself, a writer on the run. Together, they form a compelling story about art, nationalism, the weight of history, and the strange connections between us.
"Brilliant. It's a lovely, rich, strange book, very truthful and moving, with a beautiful ending." (Tessa Hadley)
"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)
"A masterpiece. Full of great sentences. But also sort of obliteratingly moving, strange, and right." (Sebastian Barry)