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Imre Kertesz

Awards: Nobel Prize in Literature-2002

Nobel Committee in its citation stated that Kertesz got the Prize   "for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history"

Born: 09/11/1929 in Budapest, Hungary

Citizen: Hungary

Language: Hungarian

Imre Kertesz is a Hungarian author of Jewish descent who survived the brutal & mindless persecution of Nazis to tell the world his story. During the Second World War, he was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp along with other Hungarian jews. At that time, he was only 14. Later, he was transferred to Buchenwald. His best known work, Fatelessness, narrates the story of a 15 year old boy in Auschwitz camp.

   Kertesz was not much recognized for his writing inside Hungary. Frustrated, he moved to Germany with his family. He translated many German books to Hungarian, particular mention must made about the works of The Birth of Tragedyof  Nietzsche, the plays of Dürrenmatt, Schnitzler and Tankred Dorst.

    He now resides in Berlin with his family.

Notable Works: Fateless  -- Fateless(1992), A nyomkereső -- The Pathseeker(1977), Detektívtörténet-- A Detective Story(1977),  Kaddis a meg nem született gyermekért -- Kaddish for an Unborn Child(1990), Az angol lobogó -- The Union Jack (1991) , Felszámolás-- Liquidation (2003)

Man, when reduced to nothing, or in other words a survivor, is not tragic but comic, because he has no fate --Imre Kertes "> Imre Kertesz

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