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FATELESSNESS – Romance, by Imre Kertész

The Hungarian writer Imre Kertész was born in Budapest in 1929. He survived the Nazi extermination camps in 1944. He thought the “freedom” was the worst danger, which surrounded man, because freedom is the ultimate conquest, which makes it coward. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature for writing in 2002. In Communist Hungary, he and his work were banned. “Art does not serve to judge people, but to recreate the moment.” This sentence should be the assumption of each book.

His first and most famous novel Fatelessness was written between 1961 and 1973. 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. The desire to grow, to see and learn, the vital impulse of this boy is so marked and blubberful, that his way of thinking always finds a good reason for things to happen. It is not a strictly autobiographical work, because the Hungarian Jewish stories during the war served as a starting point for rigorous philosophical reflection on breaks in history of the ‘900.

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