The Third Lie by Ágota Kristóf

138 pages first pub 1991 (editions)

fiction historical history literary dark reflective slow-paced


In the third volume in a critically acclaimed trilogy that also includes The Proof and The Notebook, Claus lies dying in a prison in the town of his birth, reminiscing about the past and his missing twin and haunted by three lies that have profoun...

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dark 88%
sad 64%
challenging 47%
mysterious 47%
reflective 35%
emotional 23%
tense 17%
adventurous 5%


medium 52%
slow 29%
fast 17%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 61% | A mix: 30% | N/A: 7%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 63% | No: 27% | Yes: 9%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 72% | No: 27%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 90% | N/A: 9%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 54% | It's complicated: 27% | N/A: 9% | No: 9%

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