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Displacing the Self in Fiction: Identity and Exile in Thomas Bernhard and Agota Kristov

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Agota Kristof, Ieri, ET Scrittori

‘There is a book through which I discovered what kind of a person I really want to be: The Notebook, the first volume of Agota Kristof’s trilogy’ – Slavoj Zizek

Unavailable in the UK for over twenty years, Agota Kristof’s modern European classic The Notebook is re-issued by CBe alongside the first English translation of The Illiterate, Kristof’s memoir of how she escaped from Hungary in 1956 and began to write The Notebook. The Proof and The Third Lie, which conclude the trilogy of which The Notebook is the first part, are available from CBe in a single volume.

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Agota Kristof
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Elena Ferrante
Susan Sontag
Uzodinma Iweala
Patrick Modiano
Javier Marias
Ravi Shankar
Virginia Woolf
Tina Chang
Anne E. Fernald
Nathalie Handal
Jose Saramago
Leza Lowitz
Amélie Nothomb

Agota Kristof, Ieri, ET Scrittori

Cold, cruel passion is the best way to describe the sparse, pared down words of Agota Kristof here, and an intensely obscene connection with the sensuality one uses to measure the world. It is a book I will not soon forget and one that I highly recommend.

‘Every now and again you read a book by an unknown author and you know immediately that you are in the company of greatness. That is a rare and precious feeling. It happened to me when, a few years ago, a friend sent me a copy of Agota Kristof’s first novel, Le Grand Cahier (The Notebook). The utter simplicity of the style, the clarity, the unflinching gaze at a world far removed from any I had experienced and yet curiously familiar – that of a peasant culture on the border of what we take to be Hungary and Germany in the dying moments of World War II – and the deep humanity underlying it all, took my breath away.’