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Kaddish for an Unborn Child by Imre Kertész
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Oct 08, 07

Read in October, 2007

Calling this a novel is a bit of an overstatement ... or an inaccuracy, as overstatement implies that it is something less than a novel, or that it is (was) brought about as an attempt to create a novel, or that it is a novel in miniature. It is none of this. A monologue, 90 some pages, less circuitous than proceeding by fits and starts ... or by refinements constantly rethought, negated, and re-offered. It says very little, says it very precisely, and worries myriad possibilities in arriving at its particular nowhere. It shares something with Celine and Bernhard and other great writers from produce halting words, haltingly, from a single mouth.

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