Fatelessness #2020

Fatelessness By Imre Kertész Tim Wilkinson Fatelessness At the age of 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 H

  • Title: Fatelessness
  • Author: Imre Kertész Tim Wilkinson
  • ISBN: 9781400078639
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fatelessness By Imre Kertész Tim Wilkinson 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 HAt 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 horrifying for its rigorous avoidance of sentiment, Fatelessness is a masterpiece in the traditions of Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, and Tadeusz Borowski.
    Fatelessness By Imre Kertész Tim Wilkinson

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    About "Imre Kertész Tim Wilkinson"

    1. Imre Kertész Tim Wilkinson

      Born in Budapest in 1929, Imre Kert sz was imprisoned at Auschwitz in 1944, and then at Bunchenwald concentration camp After the war and repatriation, the Soviet seizure of Hungary ended Kert sz s brief career as a journalist He turned to translation, specializing in German language works, and later emigrated to Berlin Kert sz 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.

    628 thoughts on “Fatelessness”

    1. Nobel prize winner Imre Kert sz 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 [...]


    2. Fatelessness is a profound, deeply unsettling book Georg Koves is a Hungarian boy, about 14 or 15 His father was already taken away to a forced labor camp He thinks about Jewishness, his own identity, the star on his coat, and girls After a stint of his own forced labor and a betrayal from his neighbors, he is sent to Auschwitz He is told to lie about his age, and he does This spares him from gas and incineration After some time there, he is then sent to Buchenwald, then to a provincial concentr [...]


    3. Cynically, this could be recommended as a handbook for survival should you find yourself arrested one fine morning thanks to your offensive identity or favoriting a thousand resist related tweets in a single week I don t think expert knowledge eg, it s best to be toward the end of the soup line so the ladle is filled with weightier chunks of veggies and maybe some meat will really come in handy any time soon, but this does have an important function now, the same as it always has, in that it sho [...]


    4. This is when I found out that you could be bored even in Auschwitz provided you were choosy We waited and we waited, and as I come to think of it, we waited for nothing to happen This boredom, combined with this strange waiting, was, I think, approximately what Auschwitz meant to me, but of course I am only speaking for myself.As he said, he s only speaking for himself Here, I am speaking for myself, as is the case for any and all fiction, and even some of the non What I speak involves my unders [...]



    5. RIP Imre Kert sz 1929 2016 Imre Kert sz 1929 2016 em Auschwitz com apenas quinze anos de idade e na actualidade Imre Kert sz um escritor h ngaro, nascido a 9 de Novembro de 1929, em Budapeste, de religi o judaica, sobrevivente ao holocausto nazi durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial, deportado com 14 anos de idade, juntamente com milhares de judeus h ngaros, para o campo de concentra o de Auschwitz e mais tarde transferido para Buchenwald Em 2002 Imre Kert sz galardoado com o Pr mio Nobel da Literatu [...]




    6. Kertesz won the Nobel prize for literature for this book and it is really not surprising, hence the five stars I would also advocate that the book be called Timeless as well for it is one of those books which has an aura of being beyond time It could have been written immediately after the end of World War II, or it could have been written yesterday, and there is little way of knowing at least through the text when this story was made its way onto paper because it is a single voice in the immens [...]


    7. 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 quotation 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 [...]



    8. I read Fatelessness for the first time not long after Kert sz 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 [...]


    9. For me, all works by a Nobel Prize in Literature winner should be gems Methinks that getting this prize is the highest honor that any writer on this earth can dream about So, since I have turned into a voracious reader, I have been sampling a work or so of the past Nobel laureates So far, I ve read Sienkiewicz 1905 Hamsum 1920 Mann 1929 Hesse 1946 Faulkner 1949 Hemingway 1954 Jimenez 1956 Camus 1957 Checkhov 1958 Pasternak 1958 Neruda 1971 Bellow 1976 Caneti 1981 Marquez 1982 Golding 1983 Gordim [...]


    10. FatelessYang namanya mati rasa memang tak pernah mengenal masa Di masa perang, di masa damai, rasa tanpa rasa bisa hadir kapan saja tanpa mengenal waktu dan usia Sejarah pun menjadi saksi mata Di masa Perang Dunia II di Eropa, seorang remaja 15 tahun mengalaminya George Kovas namanya Ia tinggal di Budapest, Hungaria Dan Imre Kertesz menuliskan kisahnya.Suatu hari George Kovas meminta izin pada gurunya di sekolah untuk meninggalkan kelas karena alasan yang pribadi sifatnya Dia harus pulang untuk [...]



    11. C M N TH I GIAN M c k nh ng m t m i khi k t th c cu n Kinh c u cho m t a tr kh ng ra i m nh r t mu n t m c cu n n y, ph n v t m c ch t d u c u c a Kert sz Imre, ph n v r t nhi u t c gi c ph ng v n trong Th gi i l m t cu n s ch m khen kh ng ng t.V m nh th c s th a m n.Th a m n v c c m em n tr n tay, d d m t ng d u ch m ng i b n t c gi b qu n su t cu n Kinh c u Sau khi ch c ch n t nh tr ng l t v o m t kh ng ch d ng l i m t hai trang ng u nhi n, m nh nh ng mu n ng a m t l n c m t n tr i C tr n m t [...]



    12. Cierto que de novelas escritas por sobrevivientes del Holocausto hay bastantes y que todas son igual de necesarias, pero creo que no es menos cierto que algunas van mucho m s all del documento hist rico y se convierten en literatura de alt simo nivel Lo que primero sorprende de Sin destino de Imre Kert sz es que est narrada y protagonizada por un chico de 14 a os Su mirada es, por lo tanto, inocente, casi ingenua Estremecedor es el momento en que l y sus compa eros llegan a Auschwitz, ven los pr [...]


    13. Kertesz has written a semi autobiographical novel about a fourteen year old boy who gets mysteriously deported from Hungary to a Jewish concentration camp The protagonist George Koves spends a mere three days in Auschwitz, which he recalled as rather pleasant, before being forwarded to work camps at Buchenwald and Zeitz I am not sure George Koves ever recovered from his shock at being grabbed, and he spends all of his time trying to rationalize the senseless acts he saw around him while he was i [...]


    14. I m not often proud of my brother Much of the time, and in most circumstances, our personalities and values are very different However, some time ago a friend of his tried to get him to watch one of those execution videos, in which some poor sod gets his head lopped off And he refused, quite aggressively so, he told me he wanted nothing to do with it It occurred to me then that one thing my brother and I do have in common is an aversion to violence and suffering Hold on, you ll say, doesn t ever [...]


    15. This novel is truly one of the best examples of Holocaust fiction, largely due to the power of Kertesz s writing, proving that you don t need to get into the horrific details in order to glimpse an individual s experience during this time period or the trauma of his survival upon his return home I m not going to go into detail about plot here, if you want to read about that then by all means drop in and take a look at my reading journal , but rather leave you with my impressions of this book I s [...]


    16. After reading so many books lately, including Kertesz s own Liquidation, that profess the inability of words to render or address the Holocaust, it s somewhat unfamiliar to find it being dealt with here directly But Kertesz was born in 1929 and really was sent to Auschwitz, so regardless of how autobiographical this may be, he seems , uh qualified to deal with this era than most What an inadequate word, qualified As above, words are not enough, and even though this is a direct first person accou [...]


    17. My mechanics are likely skewed, it happens The passing of Hitchens has pressed me terribly This remarkable novel represented a current of oxygen amidst the stifle Fateless maintains an ironic stance towards the Shoah It should be embraced By embrace , I mean to cherish By It I mean both the irony and the novel.



    18. I probably read a bad translation and maybe not one of the two that I have is any good Funny that from a single Hungarian original than one English translation can emerge They couldn t even agree on the title one has Fateless, and the other has Fatelessness In one, there ll be three paragraphs which in the other are lumped into a long singularity A mere phrase in one would be an independent sentence in another a direct quote, just a simple declarative sentence in the other version a second pers [...]


    19. Tr i t p trung Auschwitz l tr i l n nh t trong c c tr i t p trung c a c Qu c x Tr i n y n m t i Ba Lan v c t t n theo th nh ph O wi cim g n , c ch Krak w 50km v ph a T y, c ch th Warszawa 286km.Khu t h p tr i t p trung n y bao g m ba tr i ch nh Auschwitz I trung t m h nh ch nh, Auschwitz II Birkenau tr i h y di t Vernichtungslager , v Auschwitz III Monowizt tr i lao ng.Ngo i ra c n c kho ng 40 tr i v tinh, m t s n m c ch c c tr i ch nh h ng ch c c y s , v i s l ng t nh n t v i ch c n v i ngh n n [...]


    20. Fatelessness tells the story of 15 year old Georg Koves, a highly assimilated Hungarian Jew, who one day finds himself on a train to Auschwitz He is only in Auschwitz for three days before being transferred to Buchenwald, and finally to a labor camp in Zeitz The novel narrates his experiences in all three places While he may have been whisked off to Auschwitz, as the book jacket puts it, without any special malice, he encounters plenty of cruelty along the way But what s weird and striking about [...]


    21. Uno de los grandes aciertos de la novela es el tono ligero, fr o y distante que adopta el narrador y que dota al texto de una especial fuerza dram tica, de un dramatismo triste y cruel derivado del conocimiento previo que tenemos los lectores acerca del destino que les espera a los todav a ignorantes protagonistas Un efecto llega a ser irritante y angustioso en todas aquellas escenas en las que Gy rgy K ves, el adolescente protagonista, nos describe la relativa educaci n y amabilidad con la que [...]


    22. I think I was, oh, about fourteen when I first saw Schindler s List, a movie that made such an impact on me that I followed it up by reading as much Holocaust literature as I could find, including the novel upon which the movie is based To date I ve read aside from Keneally Tadeusz Borowski s This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, Primo Levis If This is a Man, Elie Wiesel s Night, and Wielsaw Kielar s Anus Mundi The work that made the greatest impact on me, in simple emotional terms, was An [...]


    23. I have to confess, when I first started reading this masterpiece because it is in fact a masterpiece I was not impressed The absolute lack of any emotional attachment a reader usually experiences during the dive into the horrors of Holocaust was masterfully eliminated by Kert sz and as I soon discovered with good purpose I read Fatelessness Sortalans g oh, how inappropriate it sounds in English in its original language, Hungarian Unfortunately, most of the readers here are probably not familiar [...]


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