The Pages review: A book within a book

In Hugo Hamilton’s new book, the narrator is a 1924 Joseph Roth novel

 Hugo Hamilton’s  novel shows us warnings of what we risk when we choose to ignore the fissures of dark pasts reappearing today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hugo Hamilton’s novel shows us warnings of what we risk when we choose to ignore the fissures of dark pasts reappearing today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What can books teach us beyond the information they hold on their pages? How do we remember our darkest or private moments? Or worse, what happens if we choose to forget? 

These questions all emerge in Hugo Hamilton’s new novel. Told through the narrative voice of a book (Joseph Roth’s 1924 novel Rebellion), Hamilton weaves the documented past of a family across generations, revealing how secrets and (mis)information can shape our lives and the future. 

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