Pilgermann

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It is 1097 and a traveller arrives in the great, walled city of Antioch with a vision of a beautiful and mysterious geometric design that will change the lives of all those who see it. Pilgermann is a mesmerising recreation of the world of the Crusades, following its unlikely hero and those he meets on a journey of picaresque horror across a Europe of hatreds, visions and a desperate wish for salvation.

‘Superb … Pilgermann is history, metaphysics, a tangle of mysteries, profound and simple’ Guardian

‘A dark treatise on the mysterious nature of things … The world according to Pilgermann is a brutish place borrowing from Hieronymus Bosch, pilgrimage narrative, allegory and the historical novel’ The New York Times Book Review

‘A strange and beautiful work’ Evening Standard

© Russell Hoban 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Superb … Pilgermann is history, metaphysics, a tangle of mysteries, profound and simple.

    The Guardian
  • The world according to Pilgermann is a brutish place borrowing from Hieronymus Bosch’s grotesque depictions of hell and the literary traditions of pilgrimage narrative, allegory and the historical novel. It is a novel of ideas… sophisticated and demanding.

    New York Times Book Review
  • A strange and beautiful work, whose mysteries are worth contemplation. Hoban’s prose is constantly persuasive. Pilgermann is that rare thing – a novel that can be read with profit more than once.

    Evening Standard

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