The Pages: A novel approach that gets to the heart of politics and storytelling

The retelling of a man’s life through the pages of a novel written during the rise of Nazism is a clever and perceptive way of looking at how populism and displacement during the last century is now happening all over again

Hugo Hamilton’s The Pages is a novel that refuses to be bound by its form


The Pages

By Hugo Hamilton

4th Estate, €14.99

“What does time mean to a book?” So asks Hugo Hamilton’s inventive new novel The Pages, which is narrated by a novel itself. The volume in question is a first edition of Joseph Roth’s Rebellion, published by the Austrian writer in 1924 and rescued from the Nazi flames during World War II.

Rebellion remains out of print in English (although it’s still widely available in German), ...