Book reviews

‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner

The American author’s latest novel canvasses the seething hate speech of the burgeoning alt-right and white-boy rap battles in the Midwest

Agents of chaos: Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘This Is Not Propaganda’

The Russian expat journalist wonders if democracy can survive the internet, as social media is used to promote feelings over facts

Damascene subversion: Christos Tsiolkas’s ‘Damascus’

The literary storyteller’s latest novel wrestles with the mythology of Christianity’s founder, Paul the Apostle

Smiley’s return

‘A Legacy of Spies’ brings together two of John le Carré’s greatest characters – but why?

‘The Political Bubble’ by Mark Latham

Macmillan Australia; $32.99

‘Optimism’ by Bob Brown

Hardie Grant; $39.95

End of the road

Helen Garner’s ‘This House of Grief’

The rising tide of narcissism

Anne Manne’s ‘The Life of I’ takes aim at a modern epidemic

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