Hungarian tale of twisted
by Agota Kristof CB Editions (online) £12.99 (€15)
IT was 2003 and I was living in Bologna in Italy. I was working for the British Council, teaching English. I remember it was October. My birthday is the sixth, so it was around that time and an Italian friend gave me this book as a gift. I remember she gave it to me outside the library. It’s this beautiful big building right on the main square. I took it in. I started reading it and I didn’t stop until the end. It was the first book I ever read cover to cover. Even to this day, I don’t read books in one sitting. The Notebook forced me to sit down and read it in that library in Bologna.
I was about five and a half years in Italy and when I look back and think about that book, it takes me back to that whole period. I think at the time I felt a little bit misplaced or directionless. I wanted to be a writer and
FICTION The Notebook