Imre Kertesz, Prix Nobel de Littérature
Convesation with Hungarian writer Imre Kertesz, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and whose work has been affected by his experience with Nazi concentration camps and by the communist dictatorship.
Imre Kertesz (Born in 1929), a Hungarian author, is from a Jewish family and was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 15 years old, and then to Buchenwald. This experience deeply influenced and nourished his life's work. Back in Hungary, he became a journalist in 1948 but left after three years after his country fell under the Stalinist regime. He was then employed in the Ministry of Industry press service. From 1953, he began to translate Freud, Canetti and Nietzsche. He wrote Fateless in 1960, the story of a deported Hungarian, largely autobiographical, which would not be published until 1975.
His novels are all largely inspired by his traumatic experiences in the Holocaust: Dossier K (2006) was a philosophical dialogue, Kaddish for an Unborn Child (1990) spoke of the despair that followed such a traumatic experience as the Holocaust. In 2002 he became the leading Hungarian author and received the Nobel Prize for literature.