Kertesz ( Kaddish for an Unborn Child ), who, as a youth, spent a year as a prisoner in Auschwitz, has crafted a superb, haunting novel that follows Gyorgy Koves, a 14-year old Hungarian Jew, during the year he is imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Fighting to retain his equilibrium when his world turns upside down, Gyorgy rationalizes that certain events are "probably natural" or "probably a mistake." Gradual starvation and what he experiences as grinding boredom become a way of life for him, yet Gyorgy describes both Buchenwald and its guards as "beautiful"; as he asks "who can judge what is possible or believable in a concentration camp?" Gyorgy also comes to a sense of himself as a Jew. At first, he experiences a strong distaste for the Jewish-looking prisoners; he doesn't know Hebrew (for talking to God) or Yiddish (for talking to other Jews). Fellow inmates even claim Gyorgy is "no Jew," and make him feel he isn't "entirely okay." Kertesz's spare, understated prose and the almost ironic perspective of Gyorgy, limited both by his youth and his inability to perceive the enormity of what he is caught up in, give the novel an intensity that will make it difficult to forget. One learns something of concentration camp life here, even while becoming convinced that one cannot understand that life at all--not the way Kertesz does.
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“Remarkable . . .an original and chilling quality, surpassed only by Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz” --The New York Review of Books
“In his writing Imre Kertesz explores the possibility of continuing to live and think as an individual in an era in which the subjection of human beings to social forces has become increasingly completeÉ. upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history.” --The Swedish Academy, The Nobel Prize in Literature 2002
“[S]hould be savored slowly . . . Only through exploring its subtlety and detail will the reader come to appreciate such an ornate and honest testimony to the human spirit.” —The Washington Times
Reading this book will open your mind. You owe it to yourself as an educated person to read this book.Published 7 months ago by NDC
A moving account of a personal experience during the holocaust of WW IIPublished 12 months ago by Diana O'Hara
a must read......sorry the book ended...you MUST experience this for yourself......believe me you will feel every word
a master writer
Reading Imre Kertesz (and the excellent translator) gave me the same feeling as reading The Stranger, since the main character, a teenager named George, bore witness to many... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Hike Mogan
I had ordered this book because it was referenced in several books that had been enlightening. It is an excellent narrative of a young Jewish boy from Budapest who is rounded up... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kate