Agota Kristof

Deeply marked by exile, Agota Kristof (1935-2011) built her work around the theme of rootlesness and a nihilist vision of life. She left her original country, her beloved Hungry, in 1956 to follow her husband who, because of his political ideas, was threatened by the communist regime. Agota Kristof lived painfully through the experience of factory working (in Switzerland) and learning French as a new language. Her novels – La Trilogie des jumeaux, Hier -, her short stories in C’est égal as well as her theatre tell the strangeness of the world for those with no country. Identity problems, nostalgia of a lost place, the necessity to remember- all expressed in a suggestive writing- gives a universal dimension to the work of this disenchanted author.