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 . Kaddish for an Unborn Child has ratings and reviews. Diane S ☔ said: Our unnamed writer/translator writes to his unborn child, a child he unequ. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Kaddish for an Unborn Child by Kertész Imre.

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I needed to know how he came to that decision, and how it affected those around him.

Like a Bernhard novel, Kaddish for an Unborn Child is a novel of repetition and ambiguity, the narrator acknowledging all his vor, and constantly reminding the reader of the difficulty of exact expression. The dense and complicated prose was sometimes exhausting to read, especially given its subject matter, but the stream-of-consciousness style fitted so well with the points which Kertesz brought to the fore.

Kaddish for an Unborn Child by Imre Kertész

I am ready for it They actually drive me mad, more often than not. It was the mention of the Holocaust. The most intriguing part of the novel is when the narrator finally talks about the relationship with his ex-wife. The survivor of the narrator foils Auschwitz, but his refusal to truly live and bring forth further life is almost an affirmation of it.

I was also a bad Jew, I said to my wife Auschwitz seemed to me to be just an exaggeration of very same virtues, I said to my wife Auschwitz manifests itself to me in the image of a father, I said to my wife The words father and Auschwitz elicit the same echo within me, I said to my wife God manifested himself to me in the image of Auschwitz, I said to my wife My wife said I was sitting there and reading, reading or writing, reading and writing, all the same, my wife said She had wanted to save, my wife said My kind of freedom was directed against something s or somebody smy wife said My kind of freedom did not actually exist, my wife said It was my work that saved me.

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Mourning in Halacha Who on earth writes like this? That may be the toughest censorship of all. Auschwitz is a character in the novel, looming over all and seeking to destroy the humanity inside its walls. 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.

Another thing the Bernhard style is good for is the mimicking of burgeoning hysteria, so by the end of the narrative you feel you have somehow made your home in a whirlwind.

Be the first to ask a question about Kaddish for an Unborn Child. It was so long. Aug 31, Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it it was ok Shelves: The stream-of-conscio Kaddish for an Unborn Child is truly worthy of its kavdish, and Imre Kertesz is absolutely worthy of his Nobel Prize. And one thing led to another and I finished it as if in a hcild. Writing is the one act of creation he is capable of.

halacha – Kaddish for an unborn child – Mi Yodeya

Paperbackpages. A few typos in my edition.

This was the work of a master. This is a difficult book to read, it is a stream of consciousness novel, thoughts coming quickly and often circuitous.


The sort of short dense real hefty novel I love.

Don’t let the long sentences put you off reading it. Rarely have the contradictions and unity between domination and freedom been so powerfully realized in a work of fiction.

Kaddish for an Unborn Child

Other books in the series. In the highly autobiographical Kaddish for an Unborn ChildB. A man who tries very hard to explain his thoughts, his rationality about his decision to not father a child. The first noticeable aspect of Kaddish is its style, which is so highly indebted to Thomas Bernhard’s that the matter of plagiarism can be discounted — and the debt is explicitly acknowledged, anyway.

But as another reviewer notedhe does produce offspring – this book. This is not a fluid narrative, but there is purpose to the careful locutions and the doubling back and emphasis on the contradictory.

Kaddish is said as a merit for chilx deceased to shield him from the judgement of Gehinnom. I don’t get what’s going on. As a natural consequence of his past he is unable to commit to anyone or anything with his entire self, be it his wife, his career, his dwelling — or a child.

I read a few more words, I vor to finish the sentence. What do you mean by “a son saying? Apr 25, Hanna rated it it was ok. However, the author certainly captured the inner life of a tortured and traumatized Holocaust survivor.

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