Imre Kertész

Imre Kertész

Born: November 9, 1929, Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 31, 2016, Budapest, Hungary

Imre Kertész is a Nobel Prize winning author “for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history.” (source)

Among his main themes is explaining accurately from the experience and reality of the Holocaust. When he was 14, he, along with other Hungarian Jews, was sent to the concentration camps Auschwitz and then to Buchenwald. This informs his books, most notable Fateless, which was later turned into an award-winning movie.

As the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature, Kertész has helped remind the world of the brilliant writing which comes from Hungary.

Hungarian works
Fateless (Sorstalanság) (1975).
A nyomkereső (The Pathseeker) (1977)
Detektívtörténet (A Detective Story) (1977)
A kudarc (The Failure) (1988)
Fiasco, 2011 (ISBN 1-9355-5429-8)
Kaddis a meg nem született gyermekért (1990).
Az angol lobogó (The Union Jack) (1991)
Gályanapló (Galley Boat-Log) (1992)
A holocaust mint kultúra: három előadás (The Holocaust as Culture: Three Lectures) (1993)
Jegyzőkönyv (The Minutes of Meeting) (1993)
Valaki más : a változás krónikája (Someone Other: The Cronicle of the Changing) (1997)
A gondolatnyi csend, amíg a kivégzőosztag újratölt (A Breath-long Silence, While the Firing Squad Reloads) (1998)
A száműzött nyelv (A Language in Exile) (2001)
Felszámolás (Liquidation) (2003)
K. dosszié (File “K.”) (2006)
Európa nyomasztó öröksége (Europe’s Depressing Heritage) (2008)
Mentés másként (2011)

English translations
Fatelessness (translated by Tim Wilkinson), New York: Knopf, 2004.
Fateless (translated by Christopher C. Wilson and Katharina M. Wilson), Northwestern University Press, 1992
Kaddish for an Unborn Child (translated by Tim Wilkinson), Vintage, 2004.
Kaddish for a Child Not Born (translated by Christopher C. Wilson and Katharina M. Wilson), Evanston, Illinois: Hydra Books, 1997.
Liquidation (translated by Tim Wilkinson), Knopf, 2004
Detective Story (translated by Tim Wilkinson), Harvill Secker, 2008.
The Pathseeker (translated by Tim Wilkinson), Melville House Publishing, 2008.
The Union Jack (translated by Tim Wilkinson), Melville House Publishing, 2010.
Fiasco (translated by Tim Wilkinson), Melville House Publishing, 2011.
Dossier K (translated by Tim Wilkinson), Melville House Publishing, 2013.

International prizes
2011: Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la ville de Paris
2009: Jean Améry Prize
2004: Corine Prize

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