“Ãgota KristÃ³f packs volumes into this elegant shape-shifting novella. It’s simultaneously a sly exploration of storytelling and a powerful narrative about immigration and the pitfalls of starting over in a new country. Yesterday is a necessary and uncannily timely work by one of the unsung geniuses of contemporary literature.” — Jeff Jackson, author of Destroy All Monsters and Mira Corpora In spare, elegant prose, this modern novella recounts a troubled young man’s flight from a judgmental village. Tobias, the illegitimate son of a prostitute and the local schoolmaster, finds peace with a factory job in the comfortable anonymity of a city. But his fragile respite is shattered by the appearance of Caroline, his boyhood love, who materializes with a husband and child in tow. This Dover edition marks Yesterday’s first U.S. publication. Originally written in French by Hungarian author Ãgota KristÃ³f, this haunting exploration of dislocation, the search for love and belonging, and life as an emigrant continues to resonate today. “Offers a lucid, poignant narrative of the struggle to find meaning in a world of ‘unbearable waiting and . . . inexpressible silence.'” — Publishers Weekly “Many of KristÃ³f’s stark vignettes, reported in unflinching detail…have a cool, disturbing power — part documentary-like, part surreal — that is fierce and distinctive.” — Kirkus Reviews “Ãgota KristÃ³f tackles the theme of the double and the irreparable damage caused by severance from one’s roots with a writing of rare sobriety and a spareness which, avoiding all superfluous sentimentality, goes right to the heart.” — Marie Claire “KristÃ³f — most brilliant when she is blackest — plots a denouement that lies on the bleaker side of black. Read it, shudder, and utter thanks.” — Scotland on Sundayshow more
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