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Tes In those years I recognized my ife for what it was as a fact on the one hand and as a spiritual form on the other or precisely the spiritual
FORM OF THE SURVIVAL INSTINCT THAT of the survival instinct that The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace longer can survive doesn t want to survive and probably is noonger capable of survival but one that still and because of it all demands its own that is to say its own formation When Red Cried Wolf like a rounded glass hard object so that it could continue to exist no matter why no matter for whom for everyone and no one 94also to mention some reviews i read somewhere favored the wilkinson translation over the wilson s because of this i picked up both to compare after starting with the wilson s even if kertesz himself seems to prefer the wilkinson perhaps because this recent post nobel winning translation is being done by aarger house the wilson s was to me the far better translation much readable and one that seemed to capture the book s bravura and darkness and humor with much panache of course i don t speak hungarian so maybe i m wrong but a ittle research has at east this agreeing opinion from wwwforwardcomarticles13167 Kert sz s early novels exist in two English translations Tim Wilkinson a British expatriate in Budapest and translator of both fictions under review retranslated two books for Knopf that had earlier been translated by Christopher C Wilson and Katharina M Wilson and published by Northwestern University Press in the days before the author s The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing laureate and fame Kert sz himself is said to approve of Wilkinson s translations or ateast to disapprove of the Wilsons telling The Journal News I really tried to protest against the first translations but I found complete rejection The publisher was not willing to do new translations It was a really bad feeling It was as if you had a very sane character who has a rendezvous with the reader and the person who shows up is basically a real jerk with a stammer bad breath and a foul mouth Ladies and gentlemen of the jury of those of us who care about translation this is a case of an author having to be saved from himself or from his enthusiasm at being retranslated at interest being breathed anew into his work Fateless by the Wilsons is every word as effective as Wilkinson s Fatelessness and Kaddish I would reread in the Northwestern translation titled Kaddish for a Child Not Born which called
*Upon The Example Of *the example of writer Thomas Bernhard an unavoidable influence whom Kert sz has translated without burying the text in received style or homage While the Wilsons are guilty of egregious sins of omission they served their Muir roles with selflessness husband and wife Edwin and Willa Muir being the first though flawed translators of Kafka having Englished an uncompromising writer of inaccessible Europe relatively early and well As for Wilkinson one does not know what poetry Kert sz reads into his prose If Wilkinson Is A Good Translator He S A Middling Wilkinson is a good translator he s a middling He knows Hungarian he must but he hasn t much art in his native English which is paramount for a prose as spare as Kert sz s in which every word every comma countsfrom wwwforwardcomarticles13167 Kaddish for a Child Not Born by Imre Kert sz is one of a series of four novels which examine the Song of the Forest life of a man who survives the Nazi concentration camps of World War IIIf Fatelessness offered a relatively conventional narrative approach Kaddish for an Unborn Child written fifteen yearsater is anything but It is a difficult novel of repetition and ambiguity the narrator acknowledging all his uncertainty and constantly reminding the reader of the difficulty of exact expression In many respects it s an artist s attempt at public self flagellationBroadly the novel is a meditation on the narrator s failed marriage and in particular his refusal to have children Identity is fixed firmly to the present perspective with the narrator constantly reminiscing yet always acknowledging what was to happen history is fixed even if at the points he returns to anything seemed possible So he writes repeatedly of the woman he was to marry my wife who at that time was not yet and is now no onger my wife It s an interesting text a self analysis of a state of being that is in turn deliberate and emotional troubled by the inadeuacy of the written word and of human reaction The author cannot rise above his inadeuacies but can only try to give them expression As such it is a jarring read This is not a fluid narrative but there is purpose to the careful ocutions and the doubling back and emphasis on the contradictory It s not easy going and one best reserved when your strength of concentration is high. Amily and children children that could have been his own Kaddish for a Child Not Born is a deeply introspective poetic yet unsentimental work in which a man takes stock of his own ife choices and those that have been made for him by events beyond his contr. .
REVIEW Kaddis a meg nem született gyermekértCally refused to bring into this world an astounding NO the answer he gave to his then wife when she asked for a child A man who tries very hard to explain his thoughts his rationality about his decision to not father a child A man who had been imprisoned ike the author himself in Auschwitz which eft him with a great deal survivor guilt and trying to make sense of a world that would allow something ike this to happen even existThis is a difficult book to read it is a stream of consciousness novel thoughts coming uickly and often circuitous There is so many thoughts in this book I reread sections again and again and also read this with two
*other group friends and despite their added insights *group friends and despite their added insights do not feel I have a firm grasp on everything meant to be conveyed At times I felt the words were angry almost flung at me his torment his regret his onging filling the pages His need to keep writing just to feel as if he exists his trying to explain the events that were in place people s apathy that allowed the Holocaust to destroy so much I originally rated this a three but have upped it to four because I find I can t uite get it out of my mind It is important to realize that the author was imprisoned in both Auschwitz and then Buchenwald so this I believe is an autobiographical novel While I had planned to read only twenty pages today because the books so dense I found myself so drawn into the book that I had to finish almost all of it in one burst I realized after a few pages that a paragraph hadn t ended and so I naturally wanted to see when it would so I could put the book down and go do something else I believe it Still Life with Chickens lasted twenty pages So I thenooked for a Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea logical stopping point but couldn t find one And one thinged to another and I finished it as if in a dream The intensity of the book so overwhelmed me that I couldn t stop readingThis was one of the strangest densest bravest and most brilliant and beautiful things I ve ever read This piercing unbroken paragraph novella ups the emotional and philosophical ante concerning the Shoah and Paradox Bound leaves only scorched earth and tattered memories in its wake Throughout the work there a number of nods to Bernhard whereas Kertesz further gilds the homage to the Austrian with trademark recurrences and stilted rhythms These circumstances extend beyond of course The decision reached is also an imperative one which still bears considerable weight Stream of consciousness is a beautifuliterary techniue when used appropriately When used inappropriately it is tedious superfluous and this is a very dangerous and obfuscating Enter Kert sz s Kaddish for an Unborn Child guilty of all three symptoms The story premise is interesting enough which is why I managed to reach halfway through this novella but there are imits to my patience I can see no justifiable reason why this style was adopted because at no point do I have the feeling of someone suffering say Alzheimer s or trauma while reading the novella Unlike say Dostoevsky s protagonist in Notes of the Underground or Hamsun s protagonist in Hunger where stream of consciousness is justifiable PTSD and starvation Kert sz s protagonist here is retelling a story of why he does not want a child A powerful and intriguing premise and certainly being a survivor of Aushwitz most ikely implies PTSD but the setup at the start is never clear to establish this unreliable narrator The way in which this STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare literary techniue is abused here muddles the essence of the content and there is no underlying basis for a reader to invest the time needed to extract the information unless one reads the cover blurb first surely not the way to go about it right September 2016Reading this for a second time now as a group read The discussion is thought provoking and is enhancing my understanding of the bookFinished for a second time there ar aot of ayers to the book Beautiful and moving writing and I l probably read it another time at some stageApril 2016I found this book difficult both emotionally and because its style is complicated I Intend To Re Read It At Some to re read it at some especially if I can do this as a readalong so that I have people to discuss with on the way Available on Openlibrary a great and dark autobiographical book speaking impossible truths with brazen and an often almost obscene courage a courage so courageous it becomes obsceneechoing bernhard whom kertesz has translated this is a great monologue of negation and destruction which nonetheless hopelessly creates speaking about the one thing that saved him albeit it saved me for the sake of destruction ie his work kertesz wri. To a friend that he cannot bring a child into a world where the Holocaust has occurred and could occur again In an intricate narrative we Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays learn of the narrator's myriad disappointments his unsuccessfuliterary career his failed marriage his ex wife's new ,
A great short dense post Holocaust
novel by kert Kert who probably didn t win the Nobel solely on this one s strength I ve only read his Detective Story by a different translator and should soon at Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All least get to Fatelessness so I m not sure how this fits among his other novels but it feels very real as it digressesoops back on itself repeats images a bald woman in a dress in front of a mirror what he thinks about when he thinks about his so called Jewishness writing as digging a grave in the air he was meant to be buried in alluding to gas chambers at Auschwitz which authornarrator survived not ike Bernhard although Bernhard is mentioned at point not a single paragraph though it feels ike one uestions what his sense of Jewishness really means contradicts or destructs sentiments ike Auschwitz cannot be explained realizes that he must work to ive and work sets him free into what s essentially a prison of melancholy and pain an existence that denies Mexican Hooker life the only existence possible for him which ultimately undermines his marriage to a woman who choosesife and children A The League for the Suppression of Celery lifeived happily is a The Thirteen-Gun Salute lifeived mutely I wrote It turned out that to write about Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery life means to think aboutife to think about ife is to uestion it and the only one to uestion the element of his ife is one suffocated by it or feeling out of place for one reason or another It turns out I don t write to find joy on the contrary it turns out I seek pain the sharper the better bordering on the unbearable sort uite probably because pain is truth and the answer to the uestion of what constitutes truth is uite simple I wrote truth is what consumes Long semi colon replete sentences An approach that follows its instinct or its anti instinct Repeats so to say a The Day Fidel Died lot and every time it distracted me since it seemsike people say so to speak Again as with Detective Story just re read my review felt ike the translation was a bit wonky at times interesting that I sensed something off at times with different translators maybe they re both maintaining oyalty to occasional wonkiness in the author s prose A few typos in my edition Either I read the ast ten pages poorly or the ast ten pages when he reveals the end and the aftermath of his marriage didn t uite hold my attention as some of the previous pages had but I read them in bed super tired and so I probably failed them Will try to re read I m thinking about a year of re reading starting May 1 to celebrate my 10 year anniversary of writing reviews on here The sort of short dense real hefty novel I Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge love 3 StarsDear Mr KerteszThis text only passed my eyes because of my uni subject where it is apart of the curriculum it probably would ve made my TBR otherwise Your novel Kaddish for an Unborn Child maybe a whopping 160 pages or so it packs so much into those pagesMy three stars are not because I found this average but so there is so much in this text that I would need to re read this over and over to gain further understanding and meaning it is a text that reuires to be slowly read in small doses to able to decipher your intentions For my first read through I struggled to connect to your narrator because of this overload of messaging and meaning I wasn t able to do it that kind of justice and I feel even if I didn t have the time constraints I am just not that style of reader The format was a steady stream of consciousness thoughts which were hard to engage at times and I think add in the fact that the text has been translated from Hungarian to English at times there wasn t this easy sense or reason While it was hard work and I was overly disconnected from the narrator I could feel the disconnect he felt from the world the disorientation of his place in the world a world where he was intended to cease to exist not by his choice and the insights that had garnered him throughout hisife Maybe one day I The Outlaw and the Upstart King ll give it another read and see how it goes See if I find it easier See if I gain some new insights or See if I can be that reader who can take it slow and steadyToday Tomorrow or Next Week I won t be that reader so until I amNatty Kert sz is inspired by Thomas Bernhard but surpasses him Rarely have the contradictions and unity between domination and freedom been so powerfully realized in a work of fiction A definitive work of critical holocaustiterature Kaddish draws attention to the tenuous threshold that connects the horrors of Auschwitz to the banal assimilations of everyday ife Absolutely brilliant One of the greatest books I have ever read Our unnamed writertranslator writes to his unborn child a child he uneuivo. Imre Kertesz's novel is a tale of identity and memory the story of a middle aged man taking stock of his ife in the everpresent shadow of the Holocaust The story unfolds at a retreat as the narrator a middle aged survivor of the Holocaust tries to explain. ,