Our unnamed writertranslator writes to his unborn child a child he uneuivocally refused to bring into this world an astounding NO the answer he ave to his then wife when she asked for a child A man who tries very hard to explain his thoughts his rationality about his decision to not father a child A man who had been imprisoned like the author himself in Auschwitz which left him with a Who Is Muhammad Ali? great deal survivoruilt and trying to make sense of a world that would allow something like this to happen even existThis is a difficult book to read it is a stream of consciousness novel thoughts coming uickly and often circuitous There is so many thoughts in this book I reread sections again and again and also read this with two other Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything group friends and despite their added insights still do not feel I have a firmrasp on everything meant to be conveyed At times I felt the words were angry almost flung at me his torment his regret his longing filling the pages His need to keep writing just to feel as if he exists his trying to explain the events that were in place people s apathy that allowed the Holocaust to destroy so much I originally rated this a three but have upped it to four because I find I can t uite et it out of my mind It is important to realize that the author was imprisoned in both Auschwitz and then Buchenwald so this I believe is an autobiographical novel September 2016Reading this for a second time now as a roup read The discussion is thought provoking and is enhancing my understanding of the bookFinished for a second time there ar a lot of layers to the book Beautiful and moving writing and I ll probably read it another time at some stageApril 2016I found this book difficult both emotionally and because its style is complicated I intend to re read it at some stage especially if I "can do this as a readalong so that I have people to discuss with on the way Available on Openlibrary "do this as a readalong so that I have people to discuss with on the way Available on Openlibrary StarsDear Mr KerteszThis text only passed my eyes because of my uni subject where it is apart of the curriculum it probably would ve made my TBR otherwise Your novel Kaddish for an Unborn Child maybe a whopping 160 pages or so it packs so much into those pagesMy three stars are not because I found this average but so there is so much in this text that I would need to re read this over and over to ain further understanding and meaning it is a text that reuires to be slowly read in small doses to able to decipher your intentions For my first read through I struggled to connect to your narrator because of this overload of messaging and meaning I wasn t able to
DO IT THAT KIND OF JUSTICE AND I FEEL it that kind of justice and I feel if I didn t have the time constraints I am just not that style of reader The format was a steady stream of consciousness thoughts which were hard to engage at times and I think add in the fact that the text has been translated from Hungarian to English at times there wasn t this easy sense or reason While it was hard work and I was overly disconnected from the narrator I could feel the disconnect he felt from the world the disorientation of his place in the world a world where he was intended to cease to exist not by his choice and the insights that had arnered him throughout his life Maybe one day I ll A Secret Kept give it another read and see how itoes See if I find it easier See if I ain some new insights or See if I can be that reader who can take it slow and steadyToday Tomorrow or Next Week I won t be that reader so until I amNatty This piercing unbroken paragraph novella ups the emotional and philosophical ante concerning the Shoah and leaves only scorched earth and tattered memories in its wake Throughout the work there a number of nods to Bernhard whereas Kertesz further ilds the homage to the Austrian with trademark recurrences and stilted rhythms These circumstances extend beyond of course The decision reached is also an imperative one which still bears considerable weight kaddish for a still bears considerable weight Kaddish for a Not Born by Imre Kert sz is one of a series of four novels which examine the life of a man who survives the Nazi concentration camps of World War IIIf Fatelessness offered a relatively conventional narrative approach Kaddish for an Unborn Child written fifteen years later is anything but It is a difficult novel of repetition and ambiguity the narrator acknowledging all his uncertainty and constantly reminding the reader of the difficulty of exact expression In many respects it s an artist s attempt at public self flagellationBroad. Imre Kertesz's novel is a tale of identity and memory the story of a middle aged man taking stock of his life in the everpresent shadow of the Holocaust The story unfolds at a retreat as the narrator a middle aged survivor of the Holocaust tries to explain. .
Imre Kertész ✓ 1 SUMMARYKing about the one thing that saved him albeit it saved me for the sake of destruction ie his work kertesz writes In those years I recognized my life for what it was as a fact on the one hand and as a spiritual form on the other or precisely "the spiritual form of the survival instinct that "spiritual form of the survival instinct that longer can
Survive Doesn T Want To Survive And Probably Is Nodoesn t want to survive and probably is no capable of survival but one that still and because of it all demands its own that is to say its own formation like a rounded The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World glass hard object so that it could continue to exist no matter why no matter for whom for everyone and no one 94also to mention some reviews i read somewhere favored the wilkinson translation over the wilson s because of this i picked up both to compare after starting with the wilson s even if kertesz himself seems to prefer the wilkinson perhaps because this recent post nobel winning translation is being done by a larger house the wilson s was to me the far better translation much readable and one that seemed to capture the book s bravura and darkness and humor with much panache of course i don t speak hungarian so maybe i m wrong but a little research has at least this agreeing opinion from wwwforwardcomarticles13167 Kert sz s early novels exist in two English translations Tim Wilkinson a British expatriate in Budapest and translator of both fictions under review retranslated two books for Knopf that had earlier been translated by Christopher C Wilson and Katharina M Wilson and published by Northwestern University Press in the days before the author s laureate and fame Kert sz himself is said to approve of Wilkinson s translations or at least to disapprove of the Wilsons telling The Journal News I really tried to protest against the first translations but I found complete rejection The publisher was not willing to do new translations It was a really bad feeling It was as if you had a very sane character who has a rendezvous with the reader and the person who shows up is basically a real jerk with a stammer bad breath and a foul mouth Ladies andentlemen of the jury of those of us who care about translation this is a case of an author having to be saved from himself or from his enthusiasm at being retranslated at interest being breathed anew into his work Fateless by the Wilsons is every word as effective as Wilkinson s Fatelessness and Kaddish I would reread in the Northwestern translation titled Kaddish for a Child Not Born which called upon the example of Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard an unavoidable influence whom Kert sz has translated without burying the text in received style or homage While the Wilsons are Tricycle (HISTOIRE) guilty of egregious sins of omission they served their Muir roles with selflessness husband and wife Edwin and Willa Muir being the first though flawed translators of Kafka having Englished an uncompromising writer of inaccessible Europe relatively early and well As for Wilkinson one does not know what poetry Kert sz reads into his prose If Wilkinson is aood translator he s a middling writer He knows Hungarian he must but he hasn t much art in his native English which is paramount for a prose as spare as Kert sz s in which every word every comma countsfrom wwwforwardcomarticles13167 Kert sz is inspired by Thomas Bernhard but surpasses him Rarely have the contradictions and unity between domination and freedom been so powerfully realized in a work of fiction A definitive work of critical holocaust literature Kaddish draws attention to the tenuous threshold that connects the horrors of Auschwitz to the banal assimilations of everyday life Absolutely brilliant One of the reatest books I have ever read Stream of consciousness is a beautiful literary techniue when used appropriately When used inappropriately it is tedious superfluous and this is a very dangerous and obfuscating Enter Kert sz s Kaddish for an Unborn Child uilty of all three symptoms The story premise is interesting enough which is why I managed to reach halfway through this novella but there are limits to my patience I can see no justifiable reason why this style was adopted because at no point do I have the feeling of someone suffering say Alzheimer S Or Trauma While or trauma while the novella Unlike say Dostoevsky s protagonist in Notes of the Underground or Hamsun s protagonist in Hunger where stream of consciousness is justifiable PTSD and starvation Kert sz s protagonist here is retelling a story of why he does not want a child A powerful and int. Amily and children children that could have been his own Kaddish for a Child Not Born is a deeply introspective poetic yet unsentimental work in which a man takes stock of his own life choices and those that have been made for him by events beyond his contr. Ly the novel is a meditation on #The Narrator S Failed Marriage And In # narrator s failed marriage and in his refusal to have children Identity is fixed firmly to the present perspective with the narrator constantly reminiscing yet always acknowledging what was to happen history is fixed even if at the points he returns to anything seemed possible So he writes repeatedly of the woman he was to marry my wife who at that time was not yet and is now no longer my wife It s an interesting text a self analysis of a state of being that is in turn deliberate and emotional troubled by the inadeuacy of the written word and of human reaction The author cannot rise above his inadeuacies but can only try to Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell give them expression As such it is a jarring read This is not a fluid narrative but there is purpose to the careful locutions and the doubling back and emphasis on the contradictory It s not easyoing and one best reserved when your strength of concentration is high A Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts great short dense post Holocaust novel by Kert sz who probably didn t win the Nobel Prize solely on this one s strength I ve only read his Detective Story by a different translator and should soon at leastet to Fatelessness so I m not sure how this fits among "his other novels but it feels very real as it digresses loops back on itself repeats "other novels but it feels very real as it digresses loops back on itself repeats a bald woman in a dress in front of a mirror what he thinks about when he thinks about his so called Jewishness writing as digging a Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind grave in the air he was meant to be buried in alluding toas chambers at Auschwitz which the authornarrator survived not like Bernhard although Bernhard is mentioned at one point not a single paragraph though it feels like one uestions what his sense of Jewishness really means "contradicts or destructs sentiments like Auschwitz cannot be explained realizes that he must work to live and work "or destructs sentiments like Auschwitz cannot be explained realizes that he must work to live and work him free into what s essentially a prison of melancholy and pain an existence that denies life the only existence possible for him which ultimately undermines his marriage to a woman who chooses life and children A life lived happily is a life lived mutely I wrote It turned out that to write about life means to think about life to think about life is to uestion it and the only one to uestion the element of his life is one suffocated by it or feeling out of place for one reason or another It turns out I don t write to find joy on the contrary it turns out I seek pain the sharper the better bordering on the unbearable sort uite probably because pain is truth and the answer to the uestion of what constitutes truth is uite simple I wrote truth is what consumes Long semi colon replete sentences An approach that follows its instinct or its anti instinct Repeats so to say a lot and every time it distracted me since it seems like people say so to speak Again as with Detective Story just re read my review felt like the translation was a bit wonky at times interesting that I sensed something off at times with different translators maybe they re both maintaining loyalty to occasional wonkiness in the author s prose A few typos in my edition Either I read the last ten pages poorly or the last ten pages when he reveals the end and the aftermath of his marriage didn t uite hold my attention as some of the previous pages had but I read them in bed super tired and so I probably failed them Will try to re read I m thinking about a year of re reading starting May 1 to celebrate my 10 year anniversary of writing reviews on here The sort of short dense real hefty novel I love While I had planned to read only twenty pages today because the books so dense I found myself so drawn into the book that I had to finish almost all of it in one burst I realized after a few pages that a paragraph hadn t ended and so I naturally wanted to see when it would so I could put the book down and Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus go do something else I believe it lasted twenty pages So I then looked for a logical stopping point but couldn t find one And one thing led to another and I finished it as if in a dream The intensity of the book so overwhelmed me that I couldn t stop readingThis was one of the strangest densest bravest and most brilliant and beautiful things I ve ever read areat and dark autobiographical book speaking impossible truths with brazen and an often almost obscene courage a courage so courageous it becomes obsceneechoing bernhard whom kertesz has translated this is a reat monologue of negation and destruction which nonetheless hopelessly creates spea. To a friend that he cannot bring a child into a world where the Holocaust has occurred and could occur again In an intricate narrative we learn of the narrator's myriad disappointments his unsuccessful literary career his failed marriage his ex wife's new .