"Agota Kristof 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 Agota Kristof, 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 Kristof's stark vignettes, reported in unflinching detail...have a cool, disturbing power - part documentary-like, part surreal - that is fierce and distinctive." - Kirkus Reviews

"Agota Kristof 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

"Kristof - 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 Sunday

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Yesterday
Author(s): Agota Kristof
ISBN: 0-486-83913-3 / 978-0-486-83913-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dover Publications
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December 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Yesterday
Author(s): Agota Kristof
ISBN: 0-09-926807-8 / 978-0-09-926807-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Yesterday
Author(s): Agota Kristof
ISBN: 0-436-20396-0 / 978-0-436-20396-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Kindle Editions

September 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Yesterday
Author(s): Agota Kristof
Publisher: Dover Publications
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