Author: Agota Kristof
Translator: Gyeong-shik Yong
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About This Book
The Notebook describes the lives of a nameless twins that grow up
in a Hungarian border village during the second world war. The are raised by
their grandmother, or maybe it is better to say that they grow up despite the
presence of their grandmother. The children find ways to survive the war: on the
one hand they can be extremely friendly and caring, for example for the girl
next door, on the other hand they are 2 extremely awful boys who steal, deceive,
betray and even murder whenever they think this is necessary. A beautiful,
oppressive book about what war does to children, but also about the capacity of
children to survive under extreme conditions.
The Proof describes the life of Lucas, who remains in the Hungarian village after the war. He tries to get a decent life, but every time he seems to have some luck something awful happens which brings him back to square one. At the end of the book a German appears in the village who may or may not be his brother Claus.
The Third Lie consists of 3 parts: one in which Claus describes the search for his brother after his return to the capital. Finally he finds an old, misanthropist poet whose name is also Klaus and who denies to be his brother. In the second part this Klaus describes why he does not want to recognize his brother. --Linda Oskam
There aren't that many amazing books to read in the world. How often do you take a book and find that it lacks that something that keeps you awake at night or makes you wake up early (when you adore sleeping) just to read it? This is not a thriller (which can have the same effect but for different reasons). This is a monster itself, but in the best sense possible. You just can't miss it. For anything. --Mafalda Moutinho
Uncanny. How can such simple, methodical prose achieve such poetry? How can such bare-bones descriptions and lists of nouns provoke such emotion? Kristof (a Hungarian who writes in French) writes like a dream--and begs comparison with Samuel Beckett and Vladimir Nabokov. The Notebook is a black comedy of the war years written in the first person plural by inseparable twin boys. Brought up by a filthy, illiterate old woman, they learn life's most precious skills--to lie, steal, fight, beg and blackmail. In The Proof, one twin flees across the border and the one left behind never recovers. He spins a heartbreaking tale of loneliness despite raising a family and pursuing an affair among totalitarian drabness. The Third Lie contains two versions of the exile's return 50 years later. In the first half, the exile wanders around in search of his brother, and in the process, reinventing his own life. In the second half, the twin who stayed spins another heartrending version of the boys' past. Read in succession, the trilogy enchants with its facts and fables, its onion-layer structure, and its icy prose. --A Reader on Amazon.com
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