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Sorstalanság review ✓ 108 õ ❮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 ohne zu werten der Perspektive eines staunenden Imre Kertész ist etwas SkaHritt für Schritt bis an jene Grenze hinab begleitet wo das nackte Leben zur hemmungslosen glücksüchtigen obszönen Angelegenheit wi. 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 Maruez 1982 Golding 1983 Gordimer 1991 Morrison 1993 Saramago 1998 Grass 1999 Naipaul 2000 Coetzee 2003 Jelinek 2004 Lessing 2007 Llosa 2010 I did not know that I’ve already read at least 23 books by Nobel laureates It sure made my life richer not in monetary amount but by the wisdom their books impart to their readers After all the Prize is now awarded both for lasting literary merit and for evidence of consistent idealism on some significant level In recent years this means a kind of idealism championing human rights on a broad scale Hence the award is now arguably political according to Wiki Thus unless Murakami and Coelho write something on politics they may not have a chance for a Nobel trophy soonHere comes my 24th Nobel author Imre Kertesz Boy he sure is political Fatelessness is about his experience in the concentration camps during Hitler’s reign Holocaust He was a young boy at 17 when he was asked to go to Auschwitz He lied about his age unknowingly saving his own life Children less than 18 were killed as they were deemed unfit to work In this book he narrated in present tense and this made a lot of difference compared to the early Holocaust autobiographical books that I read Anne Frank and Victor Klemperer I had that feeling of being right there in the camp; seeing what the boy Gyorgy Koves 15 was witnessing The other things that made this different were 1 that Kertesz described the experience in a detached way as if he was experiencing something ordinary Something that happens in everyday life Factual No ranting No philosophical musings No tearful revelations His trip to Auschwitz was just like a trip to his work place; 2 having said that Kertesz even felt happiness while in the camps as he ended the book with ”Yes the next time I am asked I ought to speak about that the happiness of the concentration camps” Although all works at one point in time suck we sometimes also get happiness from them rightNevertheless this is a chilling read Those harrowing descriptions of Auschwitz still sent chills to my bones and I caught my hand bracing onto my mouth as if preventing myself from shouting while reading 4 stars to you Mr KerteszLooking forward to reading the other books I have in my tbr by the other Nobel laureates Kipling 1907 Tagore 1913 Lewis 1930 Galsworthy 1932 Buck 1938 Gide 1947 Eliot 1948 Pound 1949 Satre 1964 Kawabata 1968 Beckett 1969 Boll 1972 White 1973 Singer 1978 Mafouz 1987 Paz 1990 Oe 1994 Pinter 2005 Pamuk 2006 and Le Clezio 2008 How well do you know the Nobel laureates I included two writers who literary critics think should not be there Can you tell me who they are Some people say they are deserving but they were caught in the political sentiments during the time that they were supposed to win

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Imre Kertész ist etwas Skandalöses gelungen die Entmystifizierung von Auschwitz Es gibt kein literarisches Werk das in dieser Konseue. Fatelessness the uasi autobiographical novel and reworking of Kertesz's own experiences at Auschwitz and other camps during WW2 is narrated by Gyuri an awkward and I have to say not fully likeable 14 year old Jewish boy from Budapest who suffers from the usual teenage sensations of estrangement and diffidence and is at a highly sensitive age to endure such tyranny and his response is to rationalise everything His tone is formal dispassionate his story peppered with evasions and disclaimers such as 'naturally' and 'in all fairness' Despite the gravity of its heavy subject the narrative is punctuated with bursts of adolescent facetiousness and is almost told as if he were still in total denial of what's going on around him After his father is taken away he would take his own train ride into a hellish world he doesn't yet realise Gyuri arrives at Auschwitz deluded that it will be a normal work camp and marvels at the emaciated criminals Before noticing strange chimneys and a smell in the air he can't uite make out He describes his situation almost scientifically and there is a marked lack of compassion to his thinking There is even the argument he would have made a good Nazi He sizes up fellow inmates with disgust and feels no affinity what so ever with other Hungarians and even less so with other Jews He simply does what is necessary to endure and survive In places though it felt like a holiday camp to him than one run by the Nazi regime and apart from hunger pains and the time he got some wounds infected whilst at Buchenwald there was little else that made me feel the plight of his ordeal Gyuri's tragedy is his failure to fully accept the meaninglessness of Nazi brutality But then this could also be seen as his triumph By focusing perversely on the so called 'happiness' of the camps rather than on the atrocities he is somehow victorious in winning the battle of the mind leaving him less traumatized when he finally returned home Considering this was Kertesz's debut novel it was an accomplished piece of writing However and disappointingly for me as a piece of Holocaust literature it didn't hurt and struggled to really get under my skin I expected to pained by the horrors haunted by the suffering kicked where it hurts have my blood chilled make me feel something at least But no hardly anything On a harrowing level compared to other books I have read on the same subject including Tadeusz Borowski's 'This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen' it all came across as pretty tame Maybe he witnessed such horrors but chose to exclude the worst bits from his novel I would rather they would have been included As there is nothing comfortable about Holocaust experiences and yet I sat there comfortable Through the middle sections based at the camps I never truly got the sense that right around the corner mass exterminations were being carried outThere is no denying this is a work worthy of merit but it wasn't the book I was hoping for as it never really hit me with any real significant power But at least it's another unread Nobel laureate I can now tick of the list

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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. 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 understanding not my knowledge my general aversion to gnosticism grown to unpronounceable proportions Such as it should be with regards to the Shoah yes First the horror then the silenceDespite that let's talk If Kertész is willing how are we to forbear With a cracking voice she desperately shouted something to the effect that if our distinctiveness was unimportant than all this was mere chance and that if there was the possibility of her being someone other than whom she was fated to be then all of this was utterly without reason and to her that idea was totally unbearable If you are punished and have committed a crime you are guilty If you are punished and have committed ranging from birth to creed to whatever the reason one condemns another wholesale and complete each on either side simply one of a many millions you are innocent A horror the horror your horror or so they say They the bystanders millions compounded and compounded again muttering in the stands still capable of wanting needing crafting a story They need their catharsis especially the diffuse of responsibilities and unwitting maybe perhaps they claim victimhood as well and don't want to think about it accomplices You will provideYou You lived That length of time of your life that skein of events and your reactions to such the ideas and emotions filling in ever faster as all those gift baskets of audience prescribed sensibilities of disbelief rage terror tears fall by the wayside You a human being lived and made full use of your human capacity for feeling Happiness annoyance puzzlement The finding of beauty in a concentration camp All of this as I said I noticed but not in the same way as later when I started to fit the pieces together and could sum up and recall the events step by step I had become used to every new step gradually and this hadn't given me the detachment I needed to actually notice what was happening Was there a story in there somewhere one a little entertaining than the fact you managed to live to this day and all the turns and twists and often boring banalities involved in such a happenstance That would imply a reason behind it all when everyone knows the capriciousness of life Far deeper down than I would have thought this knowledge considering how they keep insisting on the climax the tragedy the entertainment And this is only one genocide out of many only one part of one genocide if one thinks only of the six million What of the rest of the voices Do they not fit within the parameters of what deserves to be heard If those who still live on refuse the title of victim contemplate the multifarious of their experiences within the full range of feeling and thought grasp their memories of such a time of their life as anyone else would are they worth the time Then that day I also experienced that very same tenseness that same itchy feeling and clumsiness that came over me when I was wit