Hilary Mantel Stared Down Her Past, and the World’s, With Steely Resolve


For many readers, the portal into Hilary Mantel’s work was “Wolf Hall” (2009), the first volume of an astonishing trilogy about the 16th-century fixer and enforcer Thomas Cromwell, who rose to power and then fell from grace in the court of King Henry VIII.

At first, the prose is disorienting. You’re plunged headlong into a far-off past that feels almost viscerally real, but your perspective is confused. (Mantel’s device in this book of using “he” in place of “Cromwell”…



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