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K. dosszié ➬ K. dosszié Read ➵ Author Imre Kertész – Thomashillier.co.uk Genre InterviewsSubject Kertész Imre 1929 Interviews Authors Hungarian 21st century InterviewsContributions Hafner ZoltánBy statement Kertész ImreLanguage HungarianPagination 261 pA K dosszié ön Genre InterviewsSubject Kertész Imre Interviews Authors Hungarian st century InterviewsContributions Hafner ZoltánBy statement Kertész ImreLanguage HungarianPagination pA K dosszié önéletrajz két hangra regényes párbeszéd Kertész Imre életérõl szüleirõl szerelmeirõl pályájáról a szellemi szabadságért vívott harcról és arról hogyan függ össze a saját élete hõseinek sorsával az élet az irodalommal.

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  1. Jelena Jelena says:

    I have never been a friend of biographies and memoires Mostly because I believe that nothing intimate and personal can be very reliable and also since my interest in someone’s work does not eual to an interest in their private persona The same goes for “Dossier K” uite many of the topics and ideas were close to my own thoughts especially when it came to contrasting fiction versus reality In this case it would come down to the difference in approaching the actual and factual versus a fictitious Auschwitz both literally and metaphorically And that uestion could fill volumes all by itself A welcome bonus was the author’s personal reading list But besides getting into trivia on numerous occasions the conversation repeatedly came down to the matter of the author explaining or interpreting his own work And that just sends cold shivers down my spine I imagine that this memoire would be of interest to readers with a particularly biographical approach to literature

  2. Dan Durning Dan Durning says:

    I have an interest in Hungarian history especially between the end of WWI and WWII so I picked up this autobiography in the form of a sometimes contentious self interview Kertesz often gets irritated the with the superficiality of his uestioner who is of course himself Kertesz had the misfortune as a 14 year old Jew in summer 1944 doing mandatory summer work at a Shell refinery in Budapest to be caught up in an action to round up Budapest Jews He was for a time in Auswitz then in Buchenwald At one point as the end of the war ended he collapsed into unconsciousness near death; some unknown rescuers carried him to a hospital within Buchenwald and others marked him in camp records as deadHe survived the absurdity of industrialized murder to find himself in another absurdity A totalitarian society that discouraged heterodoxy and punished dissent He laid low his wife supported his reading and writing as a waitress and read widely and thought some deep thoughts As his self interview shows some of his thoughts are profound others controversial They address big uestions about the nature of life reality and existence His observations reflections and memories of his ordeals are found in some remarkable books including a trilogy Fatelessness Fiasco and Kaddish for an Unborn Childfor which he received the 2002 Nobel Prize for LiteratureThis unconventional autobiography is a stimulating introduction to the mind and life of Imre Kertesz and the world in which he found himself

  3. Jeroen Jeroen says:

    uite an original and at times disorienting work by Kertesz which takes the form of an interview he conducts within himself albeit with the interviewer taking roughly the position of what Kertesz seems to indicate to be the shallow simplistic media Reason for him to write this apparently was the sudden boom in attention he received after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature and particularly so in his own country where he suddenly had to fulfill some sort of role as ambassador for his country something he clearly shows no interest in doing just as incidently he showed no interest in giving the New York Times a cheap shot uotation at the state of Hungary under Orban in an interview shortly before he diedIt is this kind of black and white thinking this kind of sentimentalisation of the war perhaps that Kertesz resists and fights in this book He tells of his distaste for a film like Schindler's List and instead gives us an alternative canon Particularly interesting is his evaluation of Jean Améry who claims that what was lost to Jews in the war was what in German is called Weltvertrauen a trust in the world Améry claims Kertesz had his Weltvertrauen beaten out of him by the Gestapo and went on to survive Auschwitz in vain for decades later he carried out the sentence on himself by committing suicideIt might be because Kertesz himself was so young during the war that his books focus not so much on the war itself but on how to put a broken man back together afterwards His philosophy is concerned with action and conseuence Of parenthood he writesA person will always bear a grudge against his or her parents Beyond any specific individual motivations perhaps because although it is true that the parents were responsible for bringing one into the world they also set you up for deathKertesz sees life not as a gift but as a book borrowed from the library that in a sense becomes overdue long before we even escape from our childhoodBut there is also a large extent to which Kertesz cannot give universal answers for how to deal with life after a trauma such as this for the simple fact that he processed his war experience precisely through writing his books Of writing he claims that the form is able to transform the material and turn it into pleasure Of writing he claims that it is heightened life something I understand but always feel opposite in a way to me writing is the opposite of doing or being It is to stop being in order to analyze said being Perhaps for someone like Kertesz to stop being was uite simply a reliefWorth uoting at length is Kertesz on the term holocaust for which he has little timePeople don't care to call what actually happened by its proper name The Destruction of Europe's Jews as Raul Hilberg entitled his great work but instead they have found a word whose true meaning they admittedly don't understand but they have established this ritual and by now ossified and immovable place for it among our notions and they defend it like watch dogs They bark at anyone who approaches to adjust anything about it I never called Fatelessness a Holocaust novel like others do because what they call the Holocaust cannot be put into a novel I wrote about a state and although it's true the novel attempts to shape the unspeakable ordeal of the death camps into a human experience it was nevertheless concerned primarily with the ethical conseuences of subsistence and survival That was why I picked the title FatelessnessThe unfortunate term 'holocaust' usually with a capital 'H' arises from this unconscious demand to justify a death that is sine causa to give some meaning back to what seemed incomprehensible And given its derivation the word actually only relates to those who were incinerated the dead but not the survivorsHolocaust the word to Kertesz is a shorthand to disguise a very real tragedy and as shorthand it has become filled with commonplaces that overshadow all the real pain It is opening up this word and all it contains in a humane way somehow to rehumanize it which Kertesz deems impossible yet still tried his hand at during his life

  4. Katarina Blažić Katarina Blažić says:

    Only for true fans of Imre Kertész this book mostly focuses on his interpretations of his life’s work There are a few interesting stories here and there as well as a lot of philosophical thinking but if you are not familiar with his novels or the historical situation in Hungary after WWII it can be pretty uninteresting On the other hand there are many brilliant excerpts from his famous books so it might just inspire you to read those

  5. Proustitute (on hiatus) Proustitute (on hiatus) says:

    Review published in Berfrois May 2013

  6. Andres Eguiguren Andres Eguiguren says:

    This memoir in the form of a self interview is a clever way for Kertesz to set the record straight a few years after winning the Nobel Prize in 2002 His insistence in refusing to accept the categorization of Fatelessness his most famous work within the genres of autobiographical fiction or Holocaust literature still strikes me as somewhat disingenuous but who better to lay out his theories than the author himself? Kertesz does so with a sense of humour and uotes from a number of his works This is the third work I read by him and as with Primo Levi I have a feeling that I will be reading many of his novels in due course It has certainly made me want to read Fiasco the second in his so called Holocaust trilogy published in Hungarian in 1988 but not translated into English until 2011 I recommend Dossier K if you enjoy memoirs andor have read Fatelessness

  7. Lazarus-II Lazarus-II says:

    355 or 710

  8. Ruby Modell Ruby Modell says:

    Simply profound

  9. Farhan Khalid Farhan Khalid says:

    Autobiography is like a document a mirror of the age on which people can depend In a novel by contrast it's not the facts that matter but precisely what you add to the factsThe world of fiction is a sovereign world that comes to life in the author's headIn the novel I did have to invent Auschwitz and bring it to lifeI look on my life as raw material for my novels that’s just the way I am and it frees me from any inhibitionsI could be gunned down anywhere at any timeOne is always happy to think back to one's childhood however rotten and tough a period it may have beenI'm prone to mystic experiences but dogmatic faith is totally alien to me Religious feeling in my view is a human necessityArt is nothing other than exaggeration and distortion Where Auschwitz starts logic stopsOnce one is in the trap of Auschwitz there is no choiceThe secret of survival is collaborationThe virtuality of Auschwitz inheres in every dictatorshipThe survivor is an exception; his existence—really the result of an industrial accident in the machinery of deathIt is so hard to accept to come to terms with the exceptional and anomalous existence that survival stands forI may have written a novel but I have solved nothingThe riddle of the world has remained just as tormenting a thorn as it was beforeAs we must all die we have the right—even a duty—to think boldly I wouldn’t call dodging the ultimate uestions optimism but plain cowardiceAn optimist has to die just as much as a pessimistSince Auschwitz it has become redundant to make any judgments about human natureTruth is no longer universalIt is simpler to surrender ourselves to salvational ideas than stick to our own uniue and irreproducible existence to choose our own truth rather than the truthIt's a good thing for a novel to have certain words that live on in readers like a blazing secretI have written my books and that has obviously altered my memoriesAt all events I lived without any plants taking each day as it cameEverything I did was by mistake; all in all I lived in complete errorWriting as a way of life for me was linked with fatal love on the one hand and total idleness on the otherArt always regards life as a celebrationTo write a poetry after Auschwitz is barbaricAuschwitz truly was a great school What made me Jewish was the HolocaustI didn’t have an identity and I didn’t miss having one eitherThe imagination is also a kind of realityI had to recognize that the sentences that would appear under my hand would sometimes arrive unexpectedlyI needed time time in fact a great deal timeTalent is one of those words that is used but no one knows what it meansLet's just accept that not every uestion has an answerLines like that truly drove me wildCreation was born of passion and was reshaped anew as passionSo life must be to be creativeThe word chance doesn’t mean anything; it doesn’t explain anything I could replace it with the word inevitable Sartre You talk in your own language but you write in a foreign languageTruth telling artists generally prove to be bad artistsWe need to have respect for man's fallibility and ignorance There is nothing sorrier than a person who is rightI always wanted to die and instead of that I always wrote a book—that would be an elegant cop outWorld exists only as long as I exist and it only exists in the manner in which I can imagine itDegas A painter paints a picture with the same feeling as that with which a criminal commits a crimeLife is either a demonstration or a collaborationOne day I would demonstrate by writing my novel the next day collaborate by writing bilgeI sense hatred as an energy The energy is blind Its source is exactly the same vitality from which creative forces take nourishmentHatred if it well organized creates a reality in the same way as even love might create a realityGod may be found readily in a dictatorship whereas in democracy there is no longer any metaphysical excuseThe individual in his own right struggles with his freedomThe truth is that with my work everything is connected with everything elseI always doubt every sentence I utter but I have never for a moment doubted that I have to write what I happen to be writingNot only people but societies are not born for happiness but strifeThe intertwining broken threads of the story appeared to me in my imaginationNo I am sorry but please don’t interrupt meThe greatest joy for me here on this earth was writing languageI see contradictions at every hand but then I take delight in contradictions

  10. Alex Echevarria Alex Echevarria says:

    A wonderful examination of a Nobel laureate Dossier K plumbs Imre Kertesz's past for an audience not familiar with the heretofore unknown Hungarian novelist Focusing mostly on his experiences in the World War II death camps and under the Hungarian Communist regime the book is in the form of an interview conducted by his editor Zoltan Hafner in 2003 and 2004 Upon receiving the tapes he set to work to put them into a publishable form and Dossier K is the result As a portrait of the artist it shows the circuitous route at which he arrived at his vocation a vocation at which he didn't think he would be very successful but which had to be served regardless As the portrait of a man it can best be summed up by his final words I see contradictions at every hand but then I take delight in contradictionsIf you want to get into the mind of an artist Dossier K is a must read of the literature

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