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Liquidation

ISBN-10: 140007505X
ISBN-13: 9781400075058
Edition: 2005
List price: $14.00
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Description: Imre Kert?sz's savagely lyrical and suspenseful new novel traces the continuing echoes the Holocaust and communism in the consciousness of contemporary Eastern Europe. Ten years after the fall of communism, a writer named B. commits suicide,  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Imre Kert?sz's savagely lyrical and suspenseful new novel traces the continuing echoes the Holocaust and communism in the consciousness of contemporary Eastern Europe. Ten years after the fall of communism, a writer named B. commits suicide, devastating his circle and deeply puzzling his friend Kingsbitter. For among B.'s effects, Kingsbitter finds a play that eerily predicts events after his death. Why did B.-who was born at Auschwitz and miraculously survived-take his life? As Kingsbitter searches for the answer -and for the novel he is convinced lies hidden among his friend's papers-"Liquidation becomes an inquest into the deeply compromised inner life of a generation. The result is moving, revelatory and haunting.

Imre Kert�sz, 1929 - Imre Kert�sz was born in Budapest, Hungary, on November 9, 1929. With 7,000 other Hungarian Jews he was deported in 1944, at the age of fifteen, from Budapest to Auschwitz and liberated a year later at Buchenwald. Starting in 1948, he worked in Hungary as a journalist with the daily Vil�goss�g. He was dismissed in 1951 and conscripted into the army for two years. Since 1953 Kert�sz has been living as a freelance writer and translator of German literature from Nietzsche to Freud. His first book, "Novel of a Man Without Destiny," was at first rejected by a state publishing company. It appeared in a limited edition in 1975 under the title "Man Without Destiny." It was denied all publicity. During the decades that he worked on this autobiographical novel, Kert�sz supported himself by writing light pieces for the theatre. The novel appeared in German in 1990. Galley Diary published in 1992, covers the years 1961 to 1991. In his novel "Fiasco," published in 1988, the hero, a journalist, bears the unmistakable traits of the author. Lastly, "Kaddish for an Unborn Child" was published in German in 1992, completing his trilogy. In 1998 Kert�sz presented a second diary, "I, A Different Person" which documented the years from 1991 to 1995. With fellow writer, P�ter Esterh�zy he published a volume of stories, "A Story, Two Stories" in 1994. Kert�sz was awarded the Brandenburg Literature Prize in 1995, The Book Prize for European Understanding, Leipzig 1997, the Darmstadt Academy Prize in 1997, the Order "pour le m�rite," the World Literature Prize for 2000 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in October of 2002.

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