Imre Kertész





Imre Kertész


Born
in Budapest, Hungary
November 09, 1929

Died
March 31, 2016

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Born in Budapest in 1929, Imre Kertész was imprisoned at Auschwitz in 1944, and then at Bunchenwald concentration camp. After the war and repatriation, the Soviet seizure of Hungary ended Kertész's brief career as a journalist. He turned to translation, specializing in German language works, and later emigrated to Berlin. Kertész was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2002 for "writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history."

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Kaddish for an Unborn Child

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Liquidation

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Detective Story

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Fiasco

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Dossier K: A Memoir

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The Pathseeker

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The Union Jack

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Yo, Otro. Crónica del Cambio

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Diario de la galera

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“You just sit there and tolerate it, the same way everything in this country is tolerated. Every deception, every lie, every bullet in the brains. Just as you are already tolerating bullets in the brains that will be implemented only after the bullet is put in your brains.”
Imre Kertész, Liquidation

“As we pass one step, and as we recognize it as being behind us, the next one already rises up before us. By the time we learn everything, we slowly come to understand it. And while you come to understand everything gradually, you don't remain idle at any moment: you are already attending to your new business; you live, you act, you move, you fulfill the new requirements of every new step of development. If, on the other hand, there were no schedule, no gradual enlightenment, if all the knowledge descended on you at once right there in one spot, then it's possible neither your brains nor your heart could bear it.”
Imre Kertész, Fatelessness

“...I would like to live a little bit longer in this beautiful concentration camp.”
Imre Kertész, Fateless

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