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 doesnt 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 Kerteszs unblinking novel lies in its refusal to mitigate the strangeness of its events, not least of which is Georgs 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.
Fatelessness - Kertész Imre - Complete Review "Written from the simplest materials, Imre Kertész's Fatelessness is a beautiful glimpse of the wide open spaces of storytelling" - Julian Evans, Sunday Telegraph "Dreadful as its subject is, Fatelessness is a masterly, subtle and constantly surprising novel, which, in this fine translation, reads as if it were written in this century, not the
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