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Kertész, Imre 1929-2016

Works: 377 works in 1,696 publications in 21 languages and 14,829 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Interviews  Detective and mystery fiction  Drama  War films  Film adaptations  Biography  Action and adventure films  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Translator, Scenarist, Honoree, Creator, Contributor, Conductor
Classifications: PH3281.K3815, 894.511334
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Most widely held works by Imre Kertész
Fateless by Imre Kertész( Book )

187 editions published between 1975 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First English translation about a Hungarian Jewish boy's experiences in German concentration camps and his attempts to reconcile himself to those experiences after the war
Kaddish for a child not born by Imre Kertész( Book )

112 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 16 languages and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first word in this mesmerizing novel by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is "No." It is how the novel's narrator, a middle-aged Hungarian-Jewish writer, answers an acquaintance who asks him if he has a child. It is the answer he gave his wife (now ex-wife) years earlier when she told him that she wanted one. The loss, longing and regret that haunt the years between those two "no"s give rise to one of the most eloquent meditations ever written on the Holocaust. As Kertesz's narrator addresses the child he couldn't bear to bring into the world he ushers readers into the labyrinth of his consciousness, dramatizing the paradoxes attendant on surviving the catastrophe of Auschwitz. Kaddish for the Unborn Child is a work of staggering power, lit by flashes of perverse wit and fueled by the energy of its wholly original voice. Translated by Tim Wilkinson
Liquidation by Imre Kertész( Book )

33 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The suicide of a an acclaimed Hungarian writer who was born and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp forces his colleages and friends to confront their own identity, the Holocaust, and the rise and fall of Communist rule as they desperately try to understand their friend's death
Detective story by Imre Kertész( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The imprisoned former torturer for a defunct South American dictatorship recounts his involvement in the surveillance, torture, and assassination of a prominent man and his son whose principled but passive opposition to the regime left them vulnerable to the secret police
Sorstalanság = Fateless by Lajos Koltai( Visual )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the 2002 Nobel prize-winning novel by Imre Kertesz, Fateless chronicles the attempts of 14-year-old Gyuri Koves to reconcile the unimaginable horror of having been incarcerated in German concentration camps. On his return to Budapest Gyuri finds those around him treat him with indifference. His friends and neighbours encourage him to put the past behind him, while an intellectual sympathetic to the personal and political terror of his past repeatedly refers to the camps as "the lowest circle of Hell". Gyuri finds neither comfort nor meaning in these cliches. Increasingly troubled by the meaninglessness of his experiences, he gives human motives to the inhumanity of his captors, which helps maintain his tenuous hold on the world. Lacking emotional and spiritual ties to his Jewish heritage and feeling rejected by his country, he concludes that neither his Jewishness nor Hungarianess is really at the heart of fate
The pathseeker by Imre Kertész( Book )

31 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a mysterious middle-European country, a man identified only as "The Commissioner" undertakes what seems to be a banal trip to a nondescript town with his wife - a brief detour on the way to a holiday at the seaside - that turns into something ominous. Something terrible has happened in the town, something that no one wants to discuss. With his wife watching fearfully, he commences a perverse investigation, rudely interrogating the locals, inspecting a local landmark with a frightening intensity, traveling to an outlying factory where he confronts the proprietors ... and slowly revealing a past he's been trying to suppress." "In a translation by Tim Wilkinson, this tale lays bare an emotional and psychological landscape ravaged by totalitarianism in one of Kertesz's examinations of the responsibilities born of the Holocaust."--Jacket
Fiasco by Imre Kertész( Book )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young man returns home from a Nazi concentration camp to find his country has been taken over by the Soviets
Le refus : roman by Imre Kertész( Book )

78 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 14 languages and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman de société. Roman personnel
The Union Jack by Imre Kertész( Book )

34 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An unnamed narrator recounts a simple anecdote, his sighting of the Union Jack - the British Flag - during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, in the few days preceding the uprising's brutal repression by the Soviet army. In the telling, partly a digressive meditation on "the absurd order of chance," he recalls his youthful self, and the epiphanies of his intellectual and spiritual awakening - an awakening to a kind of radical subjectivity. In his Nobel address Kertesz remembered: "I, on a lovely spring day in 1955, suddenly came to the realization that there exists only one reality, and that is me, my own life, this fragile gift bestowed for an uncertain time, which had been seized, expropriated by alien forces, and circumscribed, marked up, branded - and which I had to take back from 'History', this dreadful Moloch, because it was mine and mine alone...""--BOOK JACKET
Galeerentagebuch by Imre Kertész( Book )

40 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A silent dialogue with Kafka, Nietzsche, Freud, Camus, Sartre and others, based on the author's notes from 1961-1991
Die exilierte Sprache : Essays und Reden by Imre Kertész( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in German and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays and lectures on the ethical and cultural significance ("Bedeutung") of the Holocaust. Partial contents:
Liquidación by Imre Kertész( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in Spanish and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dry and bitter story (vital and optimistic at the same time) narrates the unimaginable life of Bé, a "writer" born in Auschwitz who was baptized with the letter B and a series of numbers tattooed on his thigh. Bé commits suicide shortly after the fall of Communism in Hungary, in 1990, and his editor friend Keserú, tries to narrate his life while he searches for Bé<U+2019>s unpublished novel. In 150 pages Kertész describes the torture of writing about horror and, defends the power of love, literature and memories to overcome the Auschwitz experience
Eine Geschichte, zwei Geschichten by Imre Kertész( Book )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in German and Hungarian and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twee novellen over reizen van Budapest naar Wenen, gelardeerd met bespiegelingen vol midden-Europese Weltschmerz en humor
Dossier K. by Imre Kertész( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book came about through a conversation the author had with his friend Zoltan Hafner over the course of 2003 and 2004. The first and only memoir from the Nobel Prize-winning author, in the form of an illuminating, often funny, and often combative interview -- with himself, this book is Imre Kertesz's response to the hasty biographies and profiles that followed his 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature--an attempt to set the record straight. The result is an extraordinary self-portrait, in which Kertesz interrogates himself about the course of his own remarkable life, moving from memories of his childhood in Budapest, his imprisonment in Nazi death camps and the forged record that saved his life, his experiences as a censored journalist in postwar Hungary under successive totalitarian communist regimes, and his eventual turn to fiction, culminating in the novels--such as "Fatelessness," "Fiasco," and "Kaddish for an Unborn Child"--That have established him as one of the most powerful, unsentimental, and imaginatively daring writers of our time. In this wide-ranging and provocative book, Kertesz continues to delve into the questions that have long occupied him: the legacy of the Holocaust, the distinctions drawn between fiction and reality, and what he calls "that wonderful burden of being responsible for oneself
Onbepaald door het lot : drie romans by Imre Kertész( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in Dutch and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bundeling van drie autobiografisch getinte romans over de holocaust en het verwerken daarvan
Essere senza destino by Imre Kertész( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dal Premio Nobel 2002, un libro sul mondo concentrazionario e sulla psicologia dei campi di concentramento secondo uno scampato
Un autre : chronique d'une métamorphose by Imre Kertész( Book )

37 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aus der Perspektive desjenigen, der ävierzig Jahre lang festgehalten wurdeä, entstand hier eine Art Tagebuchroman des ungarischen Schriftstellers, in dem er sein Leben in den Jahren 1992-95 nach der Wende in Osteuropa protokolliert
Die englische Flagge : Erzählungen by Imre Kertész( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in German and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eine Gedankenlänge Stille, während das Erschießungskommando neu lädt : Essays by Imre Kertész( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in German and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sin destino by Imre Kertész( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in Spanish and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historia del año y medio de la vida de un adolescente en diversos campor de contración nazis (experiencia que el autor vivió en propia carne), Sin destino no es, sin mbargo, ningún texto autobiográfico. Con la fría objetividad del entomólogo y desde una distancia irónica, Kertész nos muestra en su historia la hiriente reali dad de los campos de exterminio en sus efectos más eficazmente perversos: aquellos que confunden justicia y humillación arbitraria, y la cotidianidad más inhumana con una forma aberrante de felicidad
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Kaddish for a child not bornLiquidationDetective storyThe pathseekerFiascoThe Union JackLiquidaciónSin destino
Alternative Names
Emericus Kertész

İmre Kertes

Imre Kertēss

Imre, Kertész

Imre Kertész 1929-

Imre Kertész écrivain hongrois

Imre Kertész escriptor hongarès

Imre Kertész escritor húngaro

Imre Kertész Hongaars schrijver

Imre Kertész Hungarian writer

Imre Kertész Hungaro ken Hudio a mannurat

Imre Kertész Hunkariya jacha marka qillqiri

Imre Kertész mađarski književnik

Imre Kertész maďarský spisovateľ

Imre Kertész maďarský spisovatel, nositel Nobelovy ceny za literaturu

Imre Kertész scriitor maghiar

Imre Kertész scrittore ungherese

Imre Kertész shkrimtar hungarez

Imre Kertész Ungari kirjanik

Imre Kertész ungarischer Schriftsteller

Imre Kertész ungarsk skribent

Imre Kertész ungersk författare

Imre Kertész Unriya mama llaqtayuq qillqaq

Imre Kertész węgierski pisarz, noblista

K, I. 1929-

K., I. 1929-2016

Kert ész, Imre

Kert ész, Imre 1929-

Kert´esz, Imre 1929-2016


Kertės, I. 1929-

Kertės, I., 1929-2016

Kertes, Imre

Kertes, Imre 1929-

Kertes, Imre 1929-2016

Kertėsas Imrė

Kertesh Imre

Kertēss, Imre 1929-

Kertēss, Imre, 1929-2016

Kertész, Imre

Kertész, Imre 1929-

Kertész, Imre 1929-2016


Kerties, Imre

K'erŭt'esŭ, Imne 1929-

K'erŭt'esŭ, Imne 1929-2016

Kerutēsu, Imure 1929-

Kerutēsu, Imure 1929-2016

Kirīts, Imrah 1929-

Kirīts, Imrah, 1929-2016

Kirtīs, Imra 1929-

Kirtīs, Imra 1929-2016

Kjertijes, Imrje 1929-

Kjertijes, Imrje 1929-2016


Qerṭeś, ʼIymreh

Qerṭes, ʼIymreh 1929-...

Ίμρε Κέρτες

Ίμρε Κέρτες Ούγγρος λογοτέχνης

Имре Кертес

Имре Кертес венгерский писатель


Кертес, Имре

Кертес, Имре, 1929-2016

Імре Кертес

Імре Кертес угорський письменник

Імрэ Кертэс

Իմրե Կերտես

אימרה קרטס

אימרה קרטס סופר הונגרי

קרטס, אימרה 1929-

קרטס, אימרה, 1929-2016

קרטש, אימרה

امری کرٹرز

امری کرٹسز

إيمري كيرتيس كاتب مجري

ايمري كيرتيش

ایمره کرتس

ایمره کرتس نویسنده اهل مجارستان

इम्रे कोर्टेश

ইমরে কার্তেজ

ইমরে কার্তেজ হাঙ্গেরীয় লেখক

ਇਮਰਾ ਕਾਰਤੇਸ

อิมเร เคอร์เตสซ์

케르테스 임레

케르테스, 임레 1929-2016

케르테즈, 임레 1929-2016


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