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Liquidation By Imre Kertész Tim Wilkinson Liquidation Imre Kertesz s savagely lyrical and suspenseful new novel traces the continuing echoes the Holocaust and communism in the consciousness of contemporary Eastern Europe Ten years after the fall of commu

  • Title: Liquidation
  • Author: Imre Kertész Tim Wilkinson
  • ISBN: 9781400075058
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • Liquidation By Imre Kertész Tim Wilkinson Imre Kertesz s savagely lyrical and suspenseful new novel traces the continuing echoes the Holocaust and communism in the consciousness of contemporary Eastern Europe.Ten years after the fall of communism, a writer named B commits suicide, devastating his circle and deeply puzzling his friend Kingsbitter For among B s effects, Kingsbitter finds a play that eerily predicImre Kertesz s savagely lyrical and suspenseful new novel traces the continuing echoes the Holocaust and communism in the consciousness of contemporary Eastern Europe.Ten years after the fall of communism, a writer named B commits suicide, devastating his circle and deeply puzzling his friend Kingsbitter For among B s effects, Kingsbitter finds a play that eerily predicts events after his death Why did B who was born at Auschwitz and miraculously survived take his life As Kingsbitter searches for the answer and for the novel he is convinced lies hidden among his friend s papers Liquidation becomes an inquest into the deeply compromised inner life of a generation The result is moving, revelatory and haunting.
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    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.

    524 thoughts on “Liquidation”

    1. He did not understand how I imagined Florence was not a Florence of murderers when everything nowadays belongs to murderers.If things were left up to the people who view social justice movements as inevitable, they d all be dead or enslaved or worse, and everyone who s already dead or enslaved or worse would be wiped from history entirely These are the people for whom there are no monsters under the bed, or on the streets, or speaking in front of a podium, so what, exactly, will spawn a surge to [...]


    2. I rate few books as 5 stars these days This one is a life changer The writing, at least in the French translation from the Hungarian, is beautiful to read Beautiful in the way that so much of Beckett is beautiful I have previously said that Kert sz book, Etre sans destin, is the best book that I have read on the holocaust It portrays our human capacity for cruelty in an absurd world through the eyes of a child living through the holocaust as Kert sz experienced it The absurdity of it all leaves [...]


    3. This novel alludes to Mann s Doktor Faustus and Roth s The Radetzky March among others Those are books that attempt to sum up an entire historical progression, to diagnose it and analyse it in some sort of definitive way, using the age old method of writing a vast, integral novel Kertesz is dealing with some of the same historical sweep here, his novel is about people who have survived the depredations of ideology, of Auschwitz, of life behind the Iron Curtain Now, as ideology seems to recede in [...]


    4. beckett and bernhard may be the basis of Bee, the writer whose suicide is the vacuum at the center of this novel as such it makes sense that under the layer of gossipy bedswapping tales by intelligentsia and almost crudely titillating descriptions of common breakdowns and various life botchings is the novel s real content our natural state of depravity which makes such crudeness and vacuity our continued mode of being the book is either great because it shows how literature redeems the banality [...]


    5. This small 129 pp novel, published two years after Imre Kertesz won the Nobel Prize in 2002, bears an epigraph from Beckett s Molloy Then I went back into the house and wrote, It is midnight The rain is beating on the windows It was not midnight It was not raining I picked it out of our local neighborhood Little Library I always browse on when I walk in that direction talk about serendipity, to read this when I am still reeling from the death of the Hungarian American writer Les Plesko I ve been [...]


    6. This is a book about a play about real life It is also a book about a book about a marriage that has ended This is a book about what it means to be a writer after Auschwitz This is a book that does not bother to make any sense This is a book that cannot remember which parts of the story it wishes to tell This is a book that cannot actually tell the story that it is attempting to tell This is a book that cannot be explained This is a book about obsession Hungry


    7. InterviewImre Kert sz, The Art of Fiction No 220, The Paris Review No 205, summer 2013Interviewed by Luisa ZielinskiKert sz was born in 1929, in Budapest, into a Jewish family He was deported to Auschwitz in 1944, and then to Buchenwald The Holocaust and its aftermath are the central subjects of his best known novels Fatelessness 1975 , Fiasco 1988 , Kaddish for an Unborn Child 1990 , and Liquidation 2003 as well as his memoirs, such as Dossier K 2006 When Kert sz was awarded the Nobel Prize for [...]


    8. There is no explanation for history.The second half of 20th century Hungarian history, as with that of much of eastern europe, is caught in the jaws of a vice formed of fascism on one side and totalitarian communism on the other, epochs which understandably stamped indelible marks into everyone who lived through them The I investigate this era, the I realize how I cannot begin to fathom the kinds of outward and inward struggle, compromise, and perseverance they must have required But books lik [...]


    9. I mean was it any good, or bad What does good and bad mean with a novel Anyway, he himself never called it a novel What did he call it then A manuscript, my piece What was it about What was the story I hesitated before plunging in all the same The struggle of a man and woman They love each other to start with, but later on the woman wants a child from the man, and he is unable to forgive the woman for that He subjects the woman to various miseries in order to break and undermine her faith in the [...]


    10. I am very glad that I read this book back to back with Fatelessness Here, Kertesz accomplishes in 130 pages what many writers are unable to in 500 Here, Kertesz manages to bring me to tears on three seperate occasions I will not summarize this book nor provide my explanation of its premise but I do intend to drive home exactly how absolutely necessary it is like not as an opinion but in an objective sense that I can t actually explain to read this book Unforgettable.


    11. Kertesz s novel Liquidation is a powerful philosophical study of the lingering aftermath of the Holocaust The main character, Kingbitter, investigates the motives for suicide of his friend, simply named B As the narrative unfolds, the meaning of Auschwitz becomes clear how can someone like B who survived the atrocities of Auschwitz not succumb to eventual self destruction B s fate is one of the most tragic stories in contemporary literature After surviving Auschwitz, he ends up committing suicid [...]


    12. Harter, roher Stoff ber das Leben, die Liebe, und die Vergangenheit Literarisch ausgezeichnet, allerdings keineswegs leicht zu lesen Kert sz trat mir als Holocaust berlebender und Schriftsteller in Budapest in Erscheinung, ich werde ihm mit seinem nobelpreistragenden Roman eines Schicksallosen wohl eine weitere Chance geben m ssen.


    13. Kert sz finds a concise theme that resonates through the most banal and sacred aspects of interpersonal life, exploring the marriage and suicide of a writer and translator B born in Auschwitz, whose last remaining work is a play that uncannily parallels indeed is interwoven with or simply is the discourse of B s friends following his suicide The text is self consious yet humble in a way that only post nobel laureate writing can be the primary though not always narrator, B s friend and some time [...]


    14. I read this in a Spanish translation, which was elegant and affecting In some ways the story revolves around the primary narrator Keseru s cluelessness, and the reader s slow discovery of how the hidden gravity of Auschwitz pulls B, the unseen character about whom everyone s lives revolve, out of their orbit, leaving them centerless.


    15. I thought fatelessness was incredible but couldn t really engage with this book for some reason It s about a bloke who finds the papers of someone he knows who survived Auschwitz but decided to commit suicide anyway This is all predicted in a play that this person wrote It s a very short book but I still found it a little confusing and not that engaging Here was one of my favourite lines from the book Disaster man has no fate, no qualities, and no character his horrific social milieu the state, [...]


    16. Io credo nella scrittura In nient altro, se non nella scrittura L uomo vive come un verme, ma scrive come gli d i C stato un tempo in cui questo segreto lo si conosceva, ma oggi ormai lo si dimenticato il mondo fatto di cocci che cadono da tutte le parti, un caos sconnesso e oscuro, che soltanto la scrittura riesce a tenere in piedi Se hai un immagine del mondo, se non hai ancora dimenticato tutto quello che gi successo, se hai un mondo, la scrittura ad aver creato tutto questo per te, e continu [...]


    17. When a Nobel writer who is a Holocaust survivor writes a novel about a Holocaust survivor writer who commits suicide, expect a book that will not shirk the weight of the world Whether the dead writer of Imre Kert sz s Liquidation has been crushed by that weight, or if the character can be interpreted to have melded with the enormity of existence is immaterial, really The point is that this slim volume stands up to everything life has to throw down on it.




    18. The characters in Liquidation all suffer from a form of spiritual dislocation resulting from the demise of communism in Eastern Europe All of them were dissidents of a sort under communism, and their identities were necessarily shaped by their opposition to the old regime, however subtle that resistance might have been often little than spiritual and cultural The demise of communism means the demise of their reason for being alive, and Liquidation is an attempt to dramatize this existential pre [...]


    19. We imagine a man, and a name to go with him Or conversely, let us imagine the name, and the man to go with itYou just sit there and tolerate it, the same way everything is tolerated in this countryEvery deception, every lie, every bullet in the brainsThe past as a random collectivity of fates tossed together onto a heap with a pitchforkMan, when reduced to nothing, or in other words a survivor, is not tragic but comic, because he has no fateHe avoided participation of any kind, never became mixe [...]


    20. Like many of the best Central European novelists, the Hungarian Imre Kertesz is sceptical of the human capacity to understand the workings of cause and effect We are at loose in a cosmos we scarcely understand but try to behave as if we are at ease in it, and this makes hypocrites of us all As the primary narrator of Liquidation says Anyone who has not lived in a world of undiscoverable reasons who has never woken up with the very taste of that disgust in his mouth who has never felt that contag [...]


    21. An edited version of this article was first published as Book Review Liquidation by Imre Kert sz on Blogcritics.Have you ever wondered what a metaphysical novel would be like, in just 120 pages If so, then read Liquidation, because this is one.This novel is a story that revolves on a few characters that are inter related There s the writer B Bee , who commits suicide His close friends are shocked And the novel actually focuses on how each of his friends deal with the loss Kingsbitter goes on a m [...]


    22. This book started off promising for me It is impossible to say the language of this book is of a register I had been lacking in some of the recent fiction I had been reading But what first presented itself as appealing, it soon lost its flavor for me I wanted to like the book I just moved to Hungary two weeks ago and was excited to partake in the country s celebrated author and only recipient of the Noble Prize for Literature I found myself dissatisfied at many points as I read, however, and I w [...]


    23. It took me a while to get into the rhythm of the language but once I did, off I went into a dark world of disillusionment and metaphysical musing I found the structure of the book weak and Kertesz s voice wavering tedious might be a better description Here are the opening lines Let us call our man, the hero of this story, Kingbitter We imagine a man, and a name to go with him Or conversely, let us imagine the name, and the man to go with it Though this may all be avoided anyway since our man, th [...]


    24. this book looks straight at the holocaust via the suicide of a writer, Bee, who was born in Auschwitz, and hence has the PoW number tattooed on his thigh at birth the arm is too short Somehow he survives and marries and writes but cannot live with the fact of Auschwitz, there is no way of accommodating such a revelation of man s character The book is set in the aftermath of his suicide and how his publisher and writer friends are trying to piece together his written legacy, there s a play and fr [...]


    25. Characteristic of Kertesz, the work is based in Auschwitz, and though none of the events in the plot happen there, the whole story rings around that one horrific word place planet We find a set of characters haunted by Auschwitz and leading a life that is a kind of death The main character B born in Auschwitz, carries on with his life as a self inflicted torture, a punishment and also a rebellion against the perpetrator of the holocaust, and accepts evil as the core of the world And his bitterne [...]


    26. With a title that connotes closing shops, selling assets, and cutting losses accompanied with abstract illustrations of people, none looking at each other, I was very interested Add to that the fact that it is only a novella, something I could get through in one day, and it was a must read After reading it, I have to ask, why don t we, at least we in America, care much about those who win the Nobel Prize in Literature unless they re from here This book was well worth the short time I put into re [...]


    27. I read this book as part of my series of reading books by Nobel prize winning authors I chose Liquidation because of the title s reference to the Nazi liquidation of Jewish towns and ghettos Inevitably, I feel that this may be one of the most post modern books I ve ever read It begins by describing a play which, through the amazing foresight of the already deceased central character, is a series of events faithfully recorded before they occur Although the playwright was himself a fascinating sur [...]


    28. Communism has fallen in 1990s Hungary, the publishing house of the literary editor Kingbitter is about to fold, and his friend, B the only author he admired, has just comitted suicide B was an extraordinarily perceptive writer, having written a play, Liquidation, which predicted precisely how his coterie of friends and lovers would react after his death Kingbitter reads about himself doing exactly what he has recently done This clever beginning to the novel hints at layers of metaphysical intros [...]


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