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A chilling novel,
This review is from: The Notebook (Paperback)
"The Notebook", first published in French in 1986, tells the story of two twins who are sent to live with their grandmother during the war. The time and place are unspecified, but one can assume this is a small Hungarian village during the Second World War, eventually 'liberated' by the Russians.
The twins, who jointly narrate the novel, are a self-contained unit. Through a series of self-imposed exercises they manage to inure themselves to pain, cruelty, and also love. Their detachment is chilling, and is accompanied by an equally chilling (but also perhaps righteous) morality - one based on the concept of absolute need.
The short episodes which make up the novel are compelling, vivid, and often horrifying. The sparse factual narrative, stripped of any commentary, combined with this uncompromising moral landscape creates a world which insinuates itself into the reader's mind and lingers there long after the book is finished.
This edition of "the Notebook" has been reissued by CB editions as a beautifully-produced paperback with an afterword by Slavoj Zizek. The next two books in the trilogy can be read in English in the one-volume The Notebook: The Proof ; the Third Lie : Three Novels, and CB editions will be reissuing them in 2015.
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2016 13:04:05 BDT
This review is spot on. I recommend this brilliant book to anyone with even an ounce of political awareness as a parable of what might happen if the EU disintegrates in the wake of Brexit.
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