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ISBN13: 9780810110496
ISBN10: 0810110490
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Fateless is a moving and disturbing novel about a Hungarian Jewish boy?s experiences in German concentration camps and his attempts to reconcile himself to those experiences after the war. Upon his return to his native Budapest still clad in his striped prison clothes, fourteen-year-old George Koves senses the indifference, even hostility, of people on the street. His former neighbors and friends urge him to put the ordeal out of his mind, while a sympathetic journalist refers to the camps as "the lowest circle of hell." The boy can relate to neither cliche and is left to ponder the meaning of his experience alone. George's response to his experience is curiously ambivalent. In the camps he tries to adjust to his ever-worsening situation by imputing human motives to his inhumane captors. By imposing his logic - that of a bright, sensitive, though in many ways ordinary teenager - he maintains a precarious semblance of normalcy. Once freed, he must contend with the "banality of evil" to which he has become accustomed: when asked why he uses words like "naturally," "undeniably," and "without question" to describe the most horrendous of experiences, he responds, "In the concentration camp it was natural." Without emotional or spiritual ties to his Jewish heritage and rejected by his country, he ultimately comes to the conclusion that neither his Hungarianness nor his Jewishness was really at the heart of his fate: rather, there are only "given situations, and within these, further givens."

Book News Annotation:

A novel of the Holocaust.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


One of Publishers Weekly's Fifty Best Books of 1992!


One of Publishers Weekly's Fifty Best Books of 1992!

About the Author

Imre Kertesz is the winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Hungary in 1929, he is one of the country's most successful postwar writers. Imprisoned in Auschwitz as a youth, Kertesz worked as a journalist and wrote musical plays to support himself before publishing Fateless, his first novel, in 1975. He is the author of Looking for a Clue, Detective Story, The British Flag, and Gallery-Diary 1961-1991.

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Korrick, May 9, 2014 (view all comments by Korrick)
One of the few works concerning the Holocaust that not only avoids the sentiment that so often overwhelming cloys the subject's treatment in fiction, but subverts it, freeing the main character from all the expectations saddled with the title of "Holocaust survivor" without in any way belittling the event itself or those who went through it. Kertész more than earned the Nobel Prize for Literature by composing this piece of work; all that is left to do is to lure the audiences away from the likes of the film of 'Schindler's List' and 'The Book Thief', so that they may get a taste of the truth, rather than a rehashing of entertainment for their own quick fix catharsis.
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Product Details

Wilson, Katharina M.; Wilson, Christopher C.
Wilson, Chrisropher
Wilson, Chrisropher
Hydra Books
Evanston, Ill. :
Budapest (Hungary)
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Holocaust, jewish
Jewish fiction.
Budapest (Hungary) Fiction.
General Fiction
General Fiction
Series Volume:
no. 3
Publication Date:
October 1996
7.88x5.14x.55 in. .49 lbs.

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