Imre Kertï¿½sz, 1929 - Imre Kertï¿½sz 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 Vilï¿½gossï¿½g. He was dismissed in 1951 and conscripted into the army for two years. Since 1953 Kertï¿½sz 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, Kertï¿½sz 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 Kertï¿½sz presented a second diary, "I, A Different Person" which documented the years from 1991 to 1995. With fellow writer, Pï¿½ter Esterhï¿½zy he published a volume of stories, "A Story, Two Stories" in 1994. Kertï¿½sz 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 mï¿½rite," the World Literature Prize for 2000 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in October of 2002.
Christopher Wilson is a lecturer in the History of Art at University College, London.