Dossier K: A Memoir

Dossier K A Memoir The first and only memoir from the Nobel Prize winning author in the form of an illuminating often funny and often combative interview with himselfDossier K is Imre Kert sz s response to the hasty

The first and only memoir from the Nobel Prize winning author, in the form of an illuminating, often funny, and often combative interview with himselfDossier K is Imre Kert sz 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 Kert The first and only memoir from the Nobel Prize winning author, in the form of an illuminating, often funny, and often combative interview with himselfDossier K is Imre Kert sz 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 Kert sz 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, Kert sz 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.

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Dossier K: A Memoir

  1. Born in Budapest in 1929, Imre Kert sz was imprisoned at Auschwitz in 1944, and then at Bunchenwald concentration camp After the war and repatriation, the Soviet seizure of Hungary ended Kert sz s brief career as a journalist He turned to translation, specializing in German language works, and later emigrated to Berlin Kert sz was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2002 for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history.

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  1. 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 equal to an interest in their private persona The same goes for Dossier K Quite 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 [...]


  2. J ai cherch une m taphore utilisable, et puis j ai compris que les dictatures totalitaires parlaient en r alit un langage religieux Et il ne peut pas en tre autrement, puisque leur univers n tait pas la logique, mais l absurde.Il est facile de trouver Dieu dans les dictatures dans les d mocraties, il n y a pas de secours m taphysique, l homme y est seul aux prises avec la libert.


  3. Only for true fans of Imre Kert sz, 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.


  4. yi bir otobiyografik s yle i Bilhassa totaliter rejimlerde ayd n olmak ve yazarak direnmekle ilgili vurgular kaydade er


  5. 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 questioner, 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 Buchenwa [...]


  6. O ekivao sam druga iju knjigu Naime, mislio sam da je knjiga vi e okrenuta pri i o Au vicu i Holokaustu, ali je zapravo ovo bio osvrt na biografiju autora, gde se pri a o Drugom svetskom ratu i logoru pojavljuje u etapama Sla em se sa konstatacijom Vi e od ivotne lekcije, ovo je filozofsko razmi ljanje o nji evnom stvarala tvu, savremnicima, kulturi, istoriji, Holokaustu, i su tinskim ivotnim pitanjima Knjiga mi je otvorila put ka nekim novim razmi ljanjima, a i literaturi koja e biti bli a mojo [...]



  7. 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 quotes from a number of his works Th [...]


  8. bene che un romanzo contenga delle parole che continuano a vivere nel lettore come dei misteri ardenti p 79


  9. 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 th [...]


  10. 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 [...]


  11. The author, a Nobel Prize winner, interviews himself to try to achieve a better understanding of how events in his life shaped his writing Although it is interesting, if you haven t read the novels he is dissecting I haven t it can be a rather fruitless exercise The tales that are explicitly descibed certainly make me want to read the full stories What I really took away from this book was the philosophical musings of a survivor of 2 dictatorships who can still look at life with a wry sense of h [...]



  12. Zaj mav ten pokud jste p edt m etli lov ka bez osudu, Fiasko a pokud mo no i Kadi za nenarozen d t a Union Jack esky tu m zat m nevy lo , kniha se na n hodn odvol v a bez kontextu to asi nebude ono.


  13. Izvendredan uvod u dela i filozofiju Imre Kert sz a Pitko i itko, to je u neku ruku prijatno iznenadjenje jer je tema sama po sebi te ka.


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