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Kaddish for an Unborn Child ePUB æ an Unborn

Kaddish for an Unborn Child ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ Kaddish for an Unborn Child ⚣ Author Imre Kertész – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 h The first an Unborn PDF/EPUB ä 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 Kaddish for PDF/EPUB ² 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 she wanted one The loss, longing and regret that haunt for an Unborn PDF ↠ 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.


10 thoughts on “Kaddish for an Unborn Child

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    Our unnamed writer translator writes to his unborn child, a child he unequivocally 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, like the author himself, in Auschwitz which left him with a great deal survivor guilt, and trying to make sense of a world that would allow something like this to Our unnamed writer translator writes to his unborn child, a child he unequivocally 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, like the author himself, in Auschwitz which left him with a great deal survivor guilt, and trying to make sense of a world that would allow something like this to happen, even exist.This is a difficult book to read, it is a stream of consciousness novel, thoughts coming quickly 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 still 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 longing, 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 quite 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


  2. Lee Klein Lee Klein says:

    A great, short, dense, post Holocaust novel by Kert sz, who probably didn t win the Nobel Prize solely on this one s strength I ve only read his Detective Story by a different translator and should soon at least get to Fatelessness, so I m not sure how this fits among his other novels, but it feels very real as it digresses, loops 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 diggin A great, short, dense, post Holocaust novel by Kert sz, who probably didn t win the Nobel Prize solely on this one s strength I ve only read his Detective Story by a different translator and should soon at least get to Fatelessness, so I m not sure how this fits among his other novels, but it feels very real as it digresses, loops 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 the author narrator survived , not like Bernhard although Bernhard is mentioned at one point, not a single paragraph though it feels like one Questions what his sense of Jewishness really means, contradicts or destructs sentiments like Auschwitz cannot be explained, realizes that he must work to live and work sets him free into what s essentially a prison of melancholy and pain, an existence that denies life, the only existence possible for him, which ultimately undermines his marriage to a woman who chooses life and children A life lived happily is a life lived mutely, I wrote It turned out that to write about life means to think about life, to think about life is to question it, and the only one to question the element of his life 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, quite probably because pain is truth, and the answer to the question of what constitutes truth is quite 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 lot and every time it distracted me since it seems like people say so to speak Again, as with Detective Story just re read my review , felt like the translation was a bit wonky at times interesting that I sensed something off at times with different translators maybe they re both maintaining loyalty to occasional wonkiness in the author s prose A few typos in my edition Either I read the last ten pages poorly or the last ten pages when he reveals the end and the aftermath of his marriage didn t quite 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 love


  3. Gill Gill says:

    September 2016Reading this for a second time, now as a group read The discussion is thought provoking and is enhancing my understanding of the book.Finished for a second time there ar a lot of layers to the book Beautiful and moving writing, and I ll probably read it another time at some stage.April 2016I found this book difficult, both emotionally and because its style is complicated I intend to re read it at some stage, especially if I can do this as a readalong, so that I have people to d September 2016Reading this for a second time, now as a group read The discussion is thought provoking and is enhancing my understanding of the book.Finished for a second time there ar a lot of layers to the book Beautiful and moving writing, and I ll probably read it another time at some stage.April 2016I found this book difficult, both emotionally and because its style is complicated I intend to re read it at some stage, especially if I can do this as a readalong, so that I have people to discuss with on the way Available on Openlibrary


  4. Natty Natty says:

    3 StarsDear Mr Kertesz,This 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 pages.My three stars are not because I found this average, butso 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 requires to be slowly read 3 StarsDear Mr Kertesz,This 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 pages.My three stars are not because I found this average, butso 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 requires 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 his life Maybe one day I 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 steady Today, Tomorrow or Next Week I won t be that reader, so until I amNatty


  5. Eugene Eugene says:

    a great and dark autobiographical book, speaking impossible truths with brazen and an often almost obscene courage a courage so courageous it becomes obscene.echoing 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 , i.e his work, kertesz writes, In those years I recognized my life for what it was as a fact on a great and dark autobiographical book, speaking impossible truths with brazen and an often almost obscene courage a courage so courageous it becomes obscene.echoing 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 , i.e his work, kertesz writes, In those years I recognized my life 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 no longer can survive, doesn t want to survive, and probably is no longer capable of survival, but one that still and because of it all demands its own, that is to say, its own formation 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 94.also, 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 thisrecent, post nobel winning translation is being done by a larger house , the wilson s was to me the far better translation, muchreadable, and one that seemed to capture the book s bravura and darkness and humor with muchpanache of course i don t speak hungarian so maybe i m wrong, but a little research has at least this agreeing opinion from www.forward.com articles 13167 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 laureate and fame Kert sz himself is said to approve of Wilkinson s translations, or at least 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 mouthLadies 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 Austrian 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 writer 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, counts.from www.forward.com articles 13167


  6. Seth the Zest Seth the Zest says:

    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 lasted twenty pages So I then looked for a logical stopping point but couldn t find one And one thing led to another and I finished it as if in a dream T 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 lasted twenty pages So I then looked for a logical stopping point but couldn t find one And one thing led to another and I finished it as if in a dream The intensity of the book so overwhelmed me that I couldn t stop reading.This was one of the strangest, densest, bravest, and most brilliant and beautiful things I ve ever read


  7. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    This piercing unbroken paragraph novella ups the emotional and philosophical ante concerning the Shoah and 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.


  8. Brandon Prince Brandon Prince says:

    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 holocaust literature, Kaddish draws attention to the tenuous threshold that connects the horrors of Auschwitz to the banal assimilations of everyday life Absolutely brilliant One of the greatest books I have ever read.


  9. Kris McCracken Kris McCracken says:

    Kaddish for a Child Not Born by Imre Kert sz is one of a series of four novels which examine the life of a man who survives the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.If Fatelessness offered a relatively conventional narrative approach, Kaddish for an Unborn Child, written fifteen years later, 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 re Kaddish for a Child Not Born by Imre Kert sz is one of a series of four novels which examine the life of a man who survives the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.If Fatelessness offered a relatively conventional narrative approach, Kaddish for an Unborn Child, written fifteen years later, 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 flagellation.Broadly, 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 longer 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 inadequacy of the written word and of human reaction The author cannot rise above his inadequacies, 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 locutions 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


  10. Samir Rawas Sarayji Samir Rawas Sarayji says:

    Stream of consciousness is a beautiful literary technique 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 limits to my patience I can see no justifiable reason why this style was adopted because at no point do I have the f Stream of consciousness is a beautiful literary technique 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 limits 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 likely implies PTSD, but the setup at the start is never clear to establish this unreliable narrator The way in which this literary technique 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


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10 thoughts on “Kaddish for an Unborn Child

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    Our unnamed writer translator writes to his unborn child, a child he unequivocally 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, like the author himself, in Auschwitz which left him with a great deal survivor guilt, and trying to make sense of a world that would allow something like this to Our unnamed writer translator writes to his unborn child, a child he unequivocally 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, like the author himself, in Auschwitz which left him with a great deal survivor guilt, and trying to make sense of a world that would allow something like this to happen, even exist.This is a difficult book to read, it is a stream of consciousness novel, thoughts coming quickly 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 still 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 longing, 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 quite 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

  2. Lee Klein Lee Klein says:

    A great, short, dense, post Holocaust novel by Kert sz, who probably didn t win the Nobel Prize solely on this one s strength I ve only read his Detective Story by a different translator and should soon at least get to Fatelessness, so I m not sure how this fits among his other novels, but it feels very real as it digresses, loops 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 diggin A great, short, dense, post Holocaust novel by Kert sz, who probably didn t win the Nobel Prize solely on this one s strength I ve only read his Detective Story by a different translator and should soon at least get to Fatelessness, so I m not sure how this fits among his other novels, but it feels very real as it digresses, loops 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 the author narrator survived , not like Bernhard although Bernhard is mentioned at one point, not a single paragraph though it feels like one Questions what his sense of Jewishness really means, contradicts or destructs sentiments like Auschwitz cannot be explained, realizes that he must work to live and work sets him free into what s essentially a prison of melancholy and pain, an existence that denies life, the only existence possible for him, which ultimately undermines his marriage to a woman who chooses life and children A life lived happily is a life lived mutely, I wrote It turned out that to write about life means to think about life, to think about life is to question it, and the only one to question the element of his life 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, quite probably because pain is truth, and the answer to the question of what constitutes truth is quite 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 lot and every time it distracted me since it seems like people say so to speak Again, as with Detective Story just re read my review , felt like the translation was a bit wonky at times interesting that I sensed something off at times with different translators maybe they re both maintaining loyalty to occasional wonkiness in the author s prose A few typos in my edition Either I read the last ten pages poorly or the last ten pages when he reveals the end and the aftermath of his marriage didn t quite 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 love

  3. Gill Gill says:

    September 2016Reading this for a second time, now as a group read The discussion is thought provoking and is enhancing my understanding of the book.Finished for a second time there ar a lot of layers to the book Beautiful and moving writing, and I ll probably read it another time at some stage.April 2016I found this book difficult, both emotionally and because its style is complicated I intend to re read it at some stage, especially if I can do this as a readalong, so that I have people to d September 2016Reading this for a second time, now as a group read The discussion is thought provoking and is enhancing my understanding of the book.Finished for a second time there ar a lot of layers to the book Beautiful and moving writing, and I ll probably read it another time at some stage.April 2016I found this book difficult, both emotionally and because its style is complicated I intend to re read it at some stage, especially if I can do this as a readalong, so that I have people to discuss with on the way Available on Openlibrary

  4. Natty Natty says:

    3 StarsDear Mr Kertesz,This 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 pages.My three stars are not because I found this average, butso 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 requires to be slowly read 3 StarsDear Mr Kertesz,This 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 pages.My three stars are not because I found this average, butso 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 requires 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 his life Maybe one day I 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 steady Today, Tomorrow or Next Week I won t be that reader, so until I amNatty

  5. Eugene Eugene says:

    a great and dark autobiographical book, speaking impossible truths with brazen and an often almost obscene courage a courage so courageous it becomes obscene.echoing 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 , i.e his work, kertesz writes, In those years I recognized my life for what it was as a fact on a great and dark autobiographical book, speaking impossible truths with brazen and an often almost obscene courage a courage so courageous it becomes obscene.echoing 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 , i.e his work, kertesz writes, In those years I recognized my life 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 no longer can survive, doesn t want to survive, and probably is no longer capable of survival, but one that still and because of it all demands its own, that is to say, its own formation 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 94.also, 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 thisrecent, post nobel winning translation is being done by a larger house , the wilson s was to me the far better translation, muchreadable, and one that seemed to capture the book s bravura and darkness and humor with muchpanache of course i don t speak hungarian so maybe i m wrong, but a little research has at least this agreeing opinion from www.forward.com articles 13167 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 laureate and fame Kert sz himself is said to approve of Wilkinson s translations, or at least 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 mouthLadies 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 Austrian 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 writer 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, counts.from www.forward.com articles 13167

  6. Seth the Zest Seth the Zest says:

    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 lasted twenty pages So I then looked for a logical stopping point but couldn t find one And one thing led to another and I finished it as if in a dream T 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 lasted twenty pages So I then looked for a logical stopping point but couldn t find one And one thing led to another and I finished it as if in a dream The intensity of the book so overwhelmed me that I couldn t stop reading.This was one of the strangest, densest, bravest, and most brilliant and beautiful things I ve ever read

  7. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    This piercing unbroken paragraph novella ups the emotional and philosophical ante concerning the Shoah and 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.

  8. Brandon Prince Brandon Prince says:

    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 holocaust literature, Kaddish draws attention to the tenuous threshold that connects the horrors of Auschwitz to the banal assimilations of everyday life Absolutely brilliant One of the greatest books I have ever read.

  9. Kris McCracken Kris McCracken says:

    Kaddish for a Child Not Born by Imre Kert sz is one of a series of four novels which examine the life of a man who survives the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.If Fatelessness offered a relatively conventional narrative approach, Kaddish for an Unborn Child, written fifteen years later, 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 re Kaddish for a Child Not Born by Imre Kert sz is one of a series of four novels which examine the life of a man who survives the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.If Fatelessness offered a relatively conventional narrative approach, Kaddish for an Unborn Child, written fifteen years later, 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 flagellation.Broadly, 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 longer 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 inadequacy of the written word and of human reaction The author cannot rise above his inadequacies, 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 locutions 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

  10. Samir Rawas Sarayji Samir Rawas Sarayji says:

    Stream of consciousness is a beautiful literary technique 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 limits to my patience I can see no justifiable reason why this style was adopted because at no point do I have the f Stream of consciousness is a beautiful literary technique 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 limits 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 likely implies PTSD, but the setup at the start is never clear to establish this unreliable narrator The way in which this literary technique 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

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