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SorstalanságHritt für Schritt bis an jene Grenze hinab begleitet wo das nackte Leben zur hemmungslosen glücksüchtigen obszönen Angelegenheit wi. I’m not often proud of my brother Much of the time and in most circumstances our personalities and values are very different However some time ago a friend of his tried to get him to watch one of those execution videos in which some poor sod gets his head lopped off And he refused uite aggressively so he told me; he wanted nothing to do with it It occurred to me then that one thing my brother and I do have in common is an aversion to violence and suffering Hold on you’ll say doesn’t everyone No I don’t think they do Or certainly only an aversion to that which is directed at themselves I believe that many normally functioning people – by which I mean people who are not dangerous criminals – are drawn to violence and other people’s suffering they seek them out at least at a safe distance I’m sure there are complex reasons for why this is the case – most of which are in my opinion based around power and sex I can imagine many of you shaking your head as you read this; I accept that this is not a popular view; yet to me it is undeniable; one only needs to look at the popularity of certain kinds of TV programmes or films or books Take the recent torture porn craze films that amount to nothing than 90 mins of people being butchered And why do people tune into the news the horrific the bigger the tragedy Who likewise is watching all those murder documentaries Murderers Maniacs I don’t think so Who is reading all those brutal crime novels The evidence is overwhelming despite how uncomfortable the reality of it makes people feel We – human beings – haven’t changed since large crowds gathered to watch public hangings we just get our kicks in subtle ways these daysI think that this attraction to violence and suffering accounts for why many people appear to find Imre Kertesz’s Fateless or Fatelessness in another translation boring or disappointing Very few people will admit it of course but in a number of the reviews I have read there is a very real sense of expectations not having been met without anyone actually truly giving voice to what these expectations were I can tell you these people expected grand horror Fateless is a book about the holocaust it is a partially autobiographical account of a young man’s experiences in some of the worst concentration camps These disappointed readers wanted perhaps sub consciously to read about the boy’s suffering they wanted him to be severely psychologically and physically oppressed Yet the book lacks these things in large part and therefore it is I believe for a certain kind of reader a huge let downFor me however Fateless is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read Indeed one of the things I like about it is how novel it is how in essence it does not conform to expectations The horror is there of course because the holocaust was absolutely undeniably horrific so to side step it completely is impossible but it is nearly always in the background is not lingered over The book is a first person narrative and the boy’s voice is detached relentlessly ironic and this creates a weird form of tension because you know precisely what kind of awful things are happening around him and to him but he seems at least for the first two thirds of the book unable to see them himself The boy isn’t stupid nor particularly naïve he just appears to take everything in his stride to see the common sense in the rationale behind everything For example one of the most powerful poignant and moving scenes takes place as Gyorgy and his friends arrive at Auschwitz and are seen by a doctor who divides the inmates into two groups on the basis of who is fit for work and who isn’t The reader knows what this process is really about of course we know what the outcome will be for those unable to work but Gyorgy who at this stage does not mentally joins in the selection process justifying to himself or uestioning the doctor’s decisions to pass or condemn his fellow man Even when confronted by officers with whips he feels little than discomforted or wary; and when he finally comes to understand what the crematoriums are for he takes this in his stride tooKertesz apparently once said that it was important to him that he did not present the holocaust as something in retrospect as something that has already happened and is being commented on but rather as something happening as something being revealed bit by bit to the people involved by which I mean the victims However while I think that is both an interesting approach and one the author makes good use of I don’t believe that it explains why this book is special It suggests that Gyorgy would behave as expected ie wringing his hands beating his chest and wailing at the stars once he understands what is happening but he doesn’t It is the boy’s voice his take on events that makes Fateless something of a masterpiece for me Until I read the book I thought it impossible that anyone could bring a freshness to a subject I already knew a great deal about but Kertesz does exactly that Fateless is it is worth pointing out also strangely funny I have seen it compared to Candide by Voltaire in which a character attempts to keep a sunny positive outlook in the face of every kind of disaster and while I can see some of that in Kertesz’s novel the humour is less slap stick is darker subtle and sophisticated; indeed in tone it reminded me of Gulliver’s Travels or Kafka it is similarly deadpan so that one isn’t sure at certain moments whether one is meant to laugh or not For example when Gyorgy is moved to Buchenwald he sets off on a long description of the place which sounds eerily like a holiday brochure or the script used by an estate agent who is showing you around a property you may wish to purchase a property that isn’t of the highest calibre of course It would be possible to read this description and be slightly bewildered because it is absurd yet there is no doubt in my mind that the author is playing for laughs albeit bitter laughs There are however obviously comedic moments although these too are shot through with bitterness and a kind of searing irony like when Gyorgy’s father is taken away All the same I thought at least we were able to send him off to the labor camp poor man with memories of a nice day Or when the boy describes one of the concentration camps as golden days indeed or when he states perhaps most movingly of all I would like to live a little bit longer in this beautiful concentration camp In terms of style the novel is written in Kertesz’s recognisably overly precise manner He is a fan of clauses that’s for sure some of which do not make a great deal of sense to me although you could put this down to a translation issue The narrator is also as with the author’s other work pedantic and partly because of this the sentences are inelegant ugly even Further Kertesz much like Dostovesky uses repeated words or phrases such as 'so to say' and 'somehow' which can make reading him laborious However lyrical is certainly not what the writer was gunning for here so none of this is intended critically One thing I would like to say before I finish is in response to the review by the usually excellent The Complete Review which called Fateless something like the autobiography before the art the art being Kertesz’s later novels I don’t agree with that at all In fact i think the opposite Kertesz’s other novels – including Fiasco and Kaddish for an Unborn Child – despite many ualities to recommend them are the imitation after the art Fiasco is one part Beckett one part Kafka and one part Bernhard; Kaddish is Beckett and Bernhard; Fateless on the other hand is all Kertesz it is a singular vision

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Sorstalanság Read & download ´ 109 ¹ ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Sorstalanság By 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 isImre Kertész ist etwas Skandalöses gelungen die Entmystifizierung von Auschwitz Es gibt kein literarisches Werk das in dieser Konseue. Nobel prize winner Imre Kertész survived stays in both the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps While he was there I have no doubt that he suffered a great deal—both physically and psychologically—so I was understandably I think hesitant to dislike his semi autobiographical Holocaust novel Fatelessness It seems at the very least very inconsiderate of me to criticize his book for failing to 'entertain' me Entertainment is a strange nebulous word Are we entertained in whatever sense when we watch The Sorrow and the Pity How about when we read Elie Wiesel's Night I would argue that yes we are Admittedly this is an entertainment only dimly related to that alleged enjoyment afforded by a rerun of The King of ueens but it is a diversion that intends to please its audience Now don't only think of pleasing as giving an audience what it asks for but also think of it as giving an audience what it didn't even know it wanted to begin withWhen we think about the Holocaust unless we are aberrant or sadistic we are unlikely to be pleased by it in and of itself but when we read a text in the postmodern sense of texts including films and art etc concerning the Holocaust if it is well done we will be pleased by it Why Because it gives us insight into human experience even of the horrific kind or it helps us to understand our world in some small way or alternately it helps us to experience what is incomprehensible about our world or it offers a critiue or diagnosis of the systems in our culture which enable things like Holocausts which may inform our future actions or behavior And of course there are other possibilities of pleasures we might derive from unpleasant subjects—some certainly less honorable It isn't without an acute awareness of how it sounds that I claim that Imre Kertész's Fatelessness didn't please me It sounds terrible doesn't it As if I asked for the monkey to dance for me and it failed to dance But don't confuse these pleasures with the baser forms Fatelessness is unsuccessful because it has nothing much to say but it manages nevertheless to say it at great length It's little than a neutered story of a boy spending time in concentration camps There's no insight; there's no emotional weight; there's no humanity—besides which stylistically speaking the Wilkinson translation of Kertész is a mess The sentences are long dissected by countless clauses phrases and parenthetical asides and often pointless They accumulate detail but not purpose Perhaps this is a commentary on life—an existential grammar—but if so how trite Our suffering is long and meaningless At only 260 pages this book feels long and meaningless itself An efficacious art

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Nz ohne zu deuten ohne zu werten der Perspektive eines staunenden Kindes treu geblieben ist Wohl nie zuvor hat ein Autor seine Figur Sc. Kertesz won the Nobel prize for literature for this book and it is really not surprising hence the five stars I would also advocate that the book be called Timeless as well for it is one of those books which has an aura of being beyond time It could have been written immediately after the end of World War II or it could have been written yesterday and there is little way of knowing at least through the text when this story was made its way onto paper because it is a single voice in the immense faceless march of European history where annonymity became the fate of so many individuals While not written as an autobiographical exercise Fateless is partly an examination of Kertesz's own experiences in both Auschwitz and Buchenwald The introductory chapters highlight how uickly and easily Gyuri accepted the plight of the local Jewish community and while it is not upbeat it is surprisingly sanguine and perhaps even optomistic in places Once Gyuri arrives at the gates of Auschwitz Birkenau however it is easy to anticipate that the tone of the book will shift dramatically I did not expect much happiness from there on inThe brilliance of this book is its clarity and tone and the fact that it ascribes a voice and emotions to a series of events which are widely documented but little understood on the level of the individual The sheer scope of the atrocity freuently annhilates the notion of I and replaces it with them or allThe narrator Gyuri presents an astounding first hand account of his existance in the labour camps Gyuri rarely mentions his family or considers the likely fate of his fellow Jews beyond the walls of whichever labour camp he is interred in at the time This makes his experience all the profoundly personal showing how all his energies are focused on making sense of his own plight and ensuring that he stays alive The last chapter of the book also highlights in a startling way how those who were not subjected to time in the labour camps could never grasp the full scope of the horror At a time when everything in their own world had carried on almost as before lightly dressed in a thin veneer of normality how could they believe that such death and suffering had found a common place just beyond the fringes of their community