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Read ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free É Imre Kertész Imre Kertész ist etwas Skandalöses gelungen die Entmystifizierung von Auschwitz Es gibt kein literarisches Werk das in dieser Konseue. Nobel prize winner Imre Kertész survived stays in both the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps While he was there I have no doubt that he suffered a great deal—both physically and psychologically—so I was understandably I think hesitant to dislike his semi autobiographical Holocaust novel Fatelessness It seems at the very least very inconsiderate of me to criticize his book for failing to 'entertain' me Entertainment is a strange nebulous word Are we entertained in whatever sense when we watch The Sorrow and the Pity How about when we read Elie Wiesel's Night I would argue that yes we are Admittedly this is an entertainment only dimly related to that alleged enjoyment afforded by a rerun of The King of ueens but it is a diversion that intends to please its audience Now don't only think of pleasing as giving an audience what it asks for but also think of it as giving an audience what it didn't even know it wanted to begin withWhen we think about the Holocaust unless we are aberrant or sadistic we are unlikely to be pleased by it in and of itself but when we read a text in the postmodern sense of texts including films and art etc concerning the Holocaust if it is well done we will be pleased by it Why Because it gives us insight into human experience even of the horrific kind or it helps us to understand our world in some small way or alternately it helps us to experience what is incomprehensible about our world or it offers a critiue or diagnosis of the systems in our culture which enable things like Holocausts which may inform our future actions or behavior And of course there are other possibilities of pleasures we might derive from unpleasant subjects—some certainly less honorable It isn't without an acute awareness of how it sounds that I claim that Imre Kertész's Fatelessness didn't please me It sounds terrible doesn't it As if I asked for the monkey to dance for me and it failed to dance But don't confuse these pleasures with the baser forms Fatelessness is unsuccessful because it has nothing much to say but it manages nevertheless to say it at great length It's little than a neutered story of a boy spending time in concentration camps There's no insight; there's no emotional weight; there's no humanity—besides which stylistically speaking the Wilkinson translation of Kertész is a mess The sentences are long dissected by countless clauses phrases and parenthetical asides and often pointless They accumulate detail but not purpose Perhaps this is a commentary on life—an existential grammar—but if so how trite Our suffering is long and meaningless At only 260 pages this book feels long and meaningless itself An efficacious art

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Summary Ä Sorstalanság Ë PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ [Reading] ➷ Sorstalanság Author Imre Kertész – Imre Kertész ist etwas Skandalöses gelungen die Entmystifizierung von Auschwitz Es gibt kein literarisches Werk das in dieser Konseuenz ohne zu deuten ohn Hritt für Schritt bis an jene Grenze hinab begleitet wo das nackte Leben zur hemmungslosen glücksüchtigen obszönen Angelegenheit wi. even in Auschwitz it seems it is possible to be bored—assuming one is privileged IK was in concentration camp himself for a year at an age of around 15 and this novel is semi autobiographical Instead of usual double uotation marks the protagonist is using reported speech which seems to make the whole thing read like a confession than a novel Such things might seem as defects at first sight but as in case of 'The Bell Jar' they just serve to show how difficult it is for a suffering soul to give their experience a popular form May be novel as an art is still developing The author also discussed the difficulty faced in this transition in his Nobel prize accepting speech too Another thing worth noticing in the speech was that IK used the pronoun 'we' while discussing what brought Holocausts He refused to think of it as something brought down on people by some outlandish demons that probably won't happen again And let us face it we are still very much the same people who gave power to Nazis we still love psychopaths we still vote according to whom we hate and we still need scapegoats and easily learn to hate first the things we wish to harm Somehow from his angry look and his deft sleight of hand I suddenly understood why his train of thought would make it impossible to abide Jews for otherwise he might have had the unpleasant feeling that he was cheating them What makes this book stand out is that it is not the big atrocities like ones showed in Schindler's Camp that are described in detail but rather the general experience not only boredom but amid never ending hunger constantly stocking his consciousness injuries suicidal thoughts camps there were still happy moments “I would like to live a little bit longer in this beautiful concentration camp” Another thing and one that I like to see in protagonists is the kafkaesue efforts made by the fifteen year old protagonist to understand the world around him and to speculate how it come out to be such how they must have come up with all those ideas to make such a brilliant camp His position is further worsened and made absurd by his lack of significant desire to identify himself as a Jew He isn't very religious I yearned for sleep than prayers and doesn't know Hebrew this attracts disgust from some of his fellow prisoners who claim that he is no Jew At one point he retorts by calling one of them 'lousy Jew' And yet it is because he is a Jew he is forced to suffer The whole novel is about his coming to terms with his fate In the very beginning he gives an impression as if he is an outsider like those Kafka characters who is suddenly made to accept a role he doesn't understand You too he said are now a part of the shared Jewish fate In the end he does come to terms with it and no it didn't mean to forget the whole thing as a bad incidence in his life a whole year we can never start a new life only ever carry on the old one Nor he would be pittied but still he is sure he will find happinness I already know there will be happiness For even there next to the chimneys in the intervals between the torments there was something that resembled happiness Everyone asks only about the hardships and the atrocities whereas for me perhaps it is that experience which will remain the most memorable Yes the next time I am asked I ought to speak about that the happiness of the concentration camps

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SorstalanságNz ohne zu deuten ohne zu werten der Perspektive eines staunenden Kindes treu geblieben ist Wohl nie zuvor hat ein Autor seine Figur Sc. I read Fatelessness for the first time not long after Kertész won the Nobel Prize and without knowing much about Hungarian history or Hungarian writers I will admit I was mystified by its tone which veered back and forth between a disarming intimacy where the reader is invited to share the naive perspective of the 15 year old narrator Gyorgy on his experiences in the lagers and the ironic detachment of the narrator's adult self It was layered than a work of witness testimony such as Primo Levi's first book If This Is a Man yet less literary than Elie Wiesel's NightThe book left a bitter taste in my mouth reminding me of how I felt after reading Tadeusz Borowski’s This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen or some of the essays in Jean Améry's unsettling collection At the Mind's Limits Behind Gyorgy's naiveté is uite a bit of rage not unwarranted mind you but it's directed everywhere almost at randomHave you come from Germany son Yes From the concentration camps Naturally Which one Buchenwald Yes he had heard of it; he knew it was one of the pits of the Nazi hell as he put it Where did they carry you off from From Budapest How long were you there A year in total You must have seen a lot young fellow a lot of terrible things he rejoined but I said nothing Still he continued the main thing is that it's over in the past and his face brightening he gestured to the houses that we happened to be rumbling past and inuired what I was feeling now back home again and seeing the city that I had left Hatred I told himNow I know and it strikes me that Kertész is in dialogue with all the writers I've mentioned He's picking up Levi's statement about Auschwitz Here there is no why but Kertész doesn't leave it there Gyorgy insists on trying to see things from the point of view of his persecutors He is too weak to work which understandably irritates the guards He must smell disgusting having diarrhea The lice must eat too how can he blame them for feasting on him Naturally he had been starved and beatenAt one point Gyorgy describes Buchenwald as if he were writing a tourist brochureBuchenwald lies on the crest of one of the elevations in a region of hills and dales Its air is clear the countryside varied with woods all around and the red tiled roofs of the village houses in the valleys down below delightful to the eye The bathhouse is situated off to the left The prisoners are mostly friendly though somehow in a different way than in Auschwitz Heavily ironic to be sure but the reader understands that the fifteen year old narrator wants desperately to believe that he has come to a better place and strange as it sounds he has a favorite moment dusk when he is at peace with his surroundingsI also see Kertész in dialogue with Sartre who claimed in Anti Semite and Jew that the Jew is wholly defined by others Although he wore the yellow star and was persecuted on account of his supposed race Gyorgy does not feel Jewish The devout Yiddish speaking Jews in the lager consider him a goy he thinks of himself as a Hungarian And yet he will not deny his Jewish heritage now that he has been punished for it Another statement by Levi comes to mind They the Nazis sewed the Star of David on me and not only onto my clothesBut the underlying dialogue in Fatelessness is with Communism The Stalinist regime under which Kertész came of age with its torturers its secret prisons and work camps its network of informers and the pervasive atmosphere of fear resembled the world into which Kertész himself was thrust at age fifteen“It revived the tastes of Auschwitz” he said in an interview in Haaretz allowing him to understand as an adult what he experienced as a childI'm still pondering this book and will have to say about it when I review the film version Kertész wrote the screenplay in my monthly column for 3 uarks Daily But I've read so many wonderful reviews by my friends here lately that I wanted to offer something in return