Hun­gar­ian tale of twisted

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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

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