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The Notebook

Authors: Agota Kristof

Published by CB Editions

ISBN: 9780957326699

£8.99
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“Closing this chillingly unsentimental novel, I felt that it had contrived to say absolutely everything about the Second World War and its aftermath in Central Europe.” The Sunday Times

“(The Notebook) is a book through which I discovered what kind of a person I really want to be.” Slavoj Žižek

“A stunning, brutal and beautifully written (and translated) book.” George Szirtes


Sent to a remote village for the duration of the war, two children devise physical and mental exercises to render themselves invulnerable to pain and sentiment. They steal, kill, blackmail and survive; others – the cobbler, the harelipped girl who craves love, the children’s parents – are sucked into war’s brutal maelstrom.

The Notebook distills the experience of Nazi occupation and Soviet ‘liberation’ during World War II into a stark fable of timeless relevance.

Afterword by Slavoj Žižek.

“Kristof seems to be writing on the edge of anxiety, surrounded by pleasure and terror. Thereader swings by his heels until the book rushes to his head. It’s that good.” – Blitz

Agota Kristof, born in Csikvand, Hungary, in 1935, became an exile in French-speaking Switzerland in 1956. Working in a factory, she slowly learned the language of her adopted country. Her first novel, Le Grand Cahier (1986; The Notebook), was translated into more than 30 languages. She wrote plays as well as further novels. She died in 2011. Alan Sheridan has translated over fifty books, including works by Sartre, Lacan, Foucault and Robbe-Grillet. His biography André Gide: A Life in the Present appeared in 2000. In 2004 he was awarded the Prix du rayonnement de la langue française by the Académie Française. Slavoj Žižek is a Slovene cultural critic and philosopher who has written widely on politics and cultural studies.

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