Hannah Kent's latest novel is a queer love story shot through with magic realism

By Zoya Patel
November 19 2021 - 1:00pm
Hannah Kent explores magic realism in her latest historical novel. Picture: Supplied
  • Devotion, by Hannah Kent. Picador, $32.99.

In a Prussian forest in 1836, a young woman listens to the music she can hear pouring from the walnut tree she rests beneath. Different notes come from the ground beneath her, and the creek ahead, combining to form a symphony only she can hear. It's the first sign of a mysterious energy that will become the defining force in her life, and in her death.