Fateless by Imre Kertesz

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At the age of 14 Georg Koves is plucked from his home in a Jewish section of Budapest and without any particular malice, placed on a train to Auschwitz. He does not understand the reason for his fate. He doesn’t particularly think of himself as Jewish. And his fellow prisoners, who decry his lack of Yiddish, keep telling him, “You are no Jew.” In the lowest circle of the Holocaust, Georg remains an outsider.
The genius of Imre Kertesz’s unblinking novel lies in its refusal to mitigate the strangeness of its events, not least of which is Georg’s dogmatic insistence on making sense of what he witnesses–or pretending that what he witnesses makes sense. Haunting, evocative, and all the more horrifying for its rigorous avoidance of sentiment, Fatelessness is a masterpiece in the traditions of Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, and Tadeusz Borowski.

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About Imre Kertesz

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Imre Kertesz is the winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Hungary in 1929, he is one of the country's most successful postwar writers. Imprisoned in Auschwitz as a youth, Kertesz worked as a journalist and wrote musical plays to support himself before publishing Fateless, his first novel, in 1975. He is the author of Looking for a Clue, Detective Story, The British Flag, and Gallery-Diary 1961-1991.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 272 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History, War. Fiction

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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.

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Chicago Tribune

Gyuri Koves - Marcell Nagy Bandi Citrom - Aron Dimeny Finn - Andras Kecskes Unlucky man - Jozsef Gyabronka Old Kollmann - Endre Harkanyi U.S. Army sergeant - Daniel Craig

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Previous work with Szabó includes “Being Julia” in 2004 with an Oscar nominated performance by Annette Bening, the smash hit and Oscar/Cannes award winner, “Mephisto” in 1982 and the film “Sunshine” in 1999 for which Koltai took home the European Film Award for Best Cinematographer.

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Rolling Stone

This unique and devastating look at the Holocaust is drawn from the autobiographical novel of 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz.

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