The Notebook, The Proof, and The Third Lie. Three Novels. by Agota Kristof Translated from French by Alan Sheridan Translated from French. The Notebook (English and French Edition) [Agota Kristof] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Twin brothers, left with their evil grandmother. Ágota Kristóf was a Hungarian writer who lived in Switzerland and wrote in French. Kristof received the European prize for French literature for The Notebook.

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I’ve been to some of your political meetings. I have only known my own. With all the stark simplicity of a fractured fairy tale, the trilogy tells the story of twin brothers, Claus and Lucas, locked in an agonizing bond that becomes a gripping allegory of the forces that have divided “brothers” in much of Europe since World War II. How much can a human being endure? The image of one twin heading off the frontier and the other going back to grandmother’s house in communist Hungary haunts me.

Who is writing this? The war had taught them. And that Kristof’s work is at the same time incredibly complex is a wonder. The pencil is fearless.

The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie: Three Novels by Ágota Kristóf

Paperbackpages. Where the thread of influence ends, if the tug on my line is going to reach some bottom of some well or go on falling forever and I’ll wait to hear the telltale splash.

One day, the twins put on torn clothes and go begging. What are we going to do, my twins?


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Forgive me my lack of impressed engagement upon encountering the latest prototype of trangressive film; for all their displayed atrocities, they refuse to show a woman’s body in its natural state of body hair, so really, what exactly are my priorities supposed to be?

The twins could be the kind of anagram like how evil can be live. Ci si inventa una vita intera pur di non stare soli. In Kristof’s first novel, The Notebook appeared. Aug 04, Christopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: It does not fear the stomping of the soldiers, the shots of a rifle, the abuse of an old lady.

Or one single soul disjointed in two beings? One night, they find themselves sleeping in the same bed as a German officer, a tormented gay masochist.

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It is interesting to be an identical twin. Words release the excruciating pain that does not tje a listening ear or an obliging mouth. It is in this last installment of the trilogy where the reader is immersed in a perpetual narration within narration, becoming unwittingly mesmerized by a solipsistic voice echoing behind all the twists and turns of the story, which finally emerges as belonging to Kristof, who at the same time uses metaliterature to cover the gruesome background of reality to disclose the most naked and disturbing of truths.

People you meet who will treat you one way because of how you look. Un notbeook di raccontare lapidario e senza filtri che colpisce dritto al petto. The poetry, if there is any, comes from the tautness. War had taught them the skill. There are similarities with The Painted Bird and The Museum of Love which is deserving of much wider readershipthough this surpasses them as, in my opinion, both are guilty of on occasion falling in love with their own lyrical evocations of violence.


You don’t love me.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Unusually acute and cruel, gentle and sadistic, precociously mature and twisted, the twins unfold all kind of atrocious acts sticking to facts in a terrifying aseptic voice, devoid of any feeling, mimicking the dehumanizing effects war inflicts on human beings.

People live in a deluded world that the war has gifted them. Every thought, every word emitting a chaotic soul finds refuge in the scribbling of the graphite. The majority of her works kkristof published by Editions du Seuil in Paris. Recommended to Nate D by: The lie is to yourself. The distance whole or otherwise. The men who fathered bastard children who were left at the orphanage?

The Notebook

And that there’s nothing to do about it. Redirected from Agota Kristof. A few women are carrying small children on their backs, or cradled against their breasts.

After a war, is a newly created geographic zone now one country, or inherently two countries, as it was before? It keeps on moving even as agonizing cries of a rape fills the air, as pigs grunt to the sight of a shimmering knife and fresh graves are born under the vegetable beds in the garden. To the sound of the detective movie Klaus. There can only be doubt and I doubt all of the above. Are they not all true?

You will have to be the judge. The book has many stories within the book, and there are numerous, surprising, scary turns in this book, I screamed a few times. I never wanted to stop reading them. View all 4 comments.