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Imre Kertesz
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    (November 9, 1929-March 31, 2016)
    Born in Budapest, Hungary
    Deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp at age 14
    Wrote the novels ‘Fatelessness’ (1975), ‘Fiasco’ (1988), ‘Kaddish for an Unborn Child’ (1990), ‘The Union Jack’ (1991), ‘Liquidation’ (2003) and ‘Dossier K’ (2006)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (2002)
    He dismissed Stephen Spielberg’s ‘Schindler’s List’ as ‘kitsch.’
    He was not well-known even in his native Hungary until he won the Nobel Prize.
    He said, ‘Whenever I sat down to write, it felt like a tragic fate I had to endure.’
    He avoided the immediate execution that awaited a fourteen-year-old at Auschwitz by claiming to be a sixteen-year-old laborer.
    He lost his job as a journalist for refusing to write Communist propaganda (1951).
    He translated works by Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Sigmund Freud into Hungarian.
    He said about writing about the Holocaust, ‘I tried to wrangle out the truth somehow, to tell a story that cannot be told.’

Credit: C. Fishel


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