The Secret Books

Marcel Theroux

Nothing is more dangerous than a story.

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A world on the brink of catastrophe. A two-thousand-year-old mystery. A lost gospel.

A young man flees the drudgery of shopkeeping in Tsarist Russia to make a new life among the bohemians and revolutionaries of nineteenth-century Paris. Beginning a treacherous journey through a world of spies and double-cross, propaganda, lost love, and anti-Semitism, he enters a modern world where lies have the power of truth.

Based on real events, The Secret Books is at once a page-turning adventure and an examination of the stories that humans are willing to kill and to die for.

Critic Reviews

Ingenious, stylish, at once sardonic and accommodating, The Secret Books is a meditation on our abiding need for stories, which itself has a gloriously entertaining story to tell.

John Banville
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The Secret Books is the most compelling and exciting novel of ideas I've read for many years.

John Gray
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A page-turner.

Critic Reviews

Theroux uses words like a magician.

Daily Mail
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[An] inspired and original book.

The Times
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A rambunctious adventure story . . . ecstatically funny and deeply moral, without being moralistic.

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Marcel Theroux is the author of four previous novels, A Blow to the Heart, A Stranger in the Earth, The Paperchase, winner of the 2002 Somerset Maugham Award, and Far North which was short-listed for the America’s prestigious National Book Award. He lives in London.

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