Tuesday, 18 January 2011
A Favourite Character
Nadia tells No.6 that she saw a file about the village, but only for a few seconds, and that she knows where the village is. That she knows some people who resist them in a small fishing village long the coast. That she has a contact outside the village.
Yet as the story pans out, we learn that we cannot believe one single word Nadia says. We cannot be sure that she is Estonian, or whether or not her name is really Nadia Rakovsky. Or that at the age of seventeen she was an Olympic bronze medalist. But somehow I cannot help but like Nadia, who is very good at her job, whichever side she might be working for.
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