Frases de Imre Kertész

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Imre Kertész

Data de nascimento: 9. Novembro 1929
Data de falecimento: 31. Março 2016

Imre Kertész foi um escritor húngaro de religião judaica, sobrevivente do holocausto.

Foi galardoado com o Nobel de Literatura de 2002, "por escrita que confirma a frágil experiência do indivíduo face à arbitrariedade bárbara da história".

A obra mais conhecida de Kertész, Sem destino , descreve a experiência de um rapaz de quinze anos nos campos de concentração de Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald e Zeitz. Foi interpretada por alguns críticos como quase-autobiográfica, mas o autor desmente uma forte ligação à sua biografia.

A partir de Sem destino foi rodado um filme na Hungria, em 2005.

Faleceu na madrugada de 31 de Março de 2016, em Budapeste, vítima de doença prolongada.

Citações Imre Kertész

„Survivors represent a separate species, just like an animal species.“

—  Imre Kertész

Liquidation (2003)
Contexto: Survivors represent a separate species, just like an animal species. We are all survivors, that is what determines our perverse and degenerate mental world. Auschwitz.

„Once you have started, the only way back is to go forward.“

—  Imre Kertész

p. 91.
Detective Story (2008)
Contexto: There was truth in Diaz’s logic, yes: our line of work is like that. Once you have started, the only way back is to go forward.

„Man may live like a worm, but he writes like a god. There was a time when that secret was known, but now it has been forgotten; the world is composed of disintegrating fragments, an incoherent dark chaos, sustained by writing alone.“

—  Imre Kertész

Liquidation (2003)
Contexto: But I believe in writing — nothing else; just writing. Man may live like a worm, but he writes like a god. There was a time when that secret was known, but now it has been forgotten; the world is composed of disintegrating fragments, an incoherent dark chaos, sustained by writing alone. If you have a concept of the world, if you have not yet forgotten all that has happened, that you have a world at all, it is writing that has created that for you, and ceaselessly goes on creating it; Logos, the invisible spider’s thread that holds our lives together.

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„If people had understood the greatness of those works, they would have destroyed them long ago.“

—  Imre Kertész

Liquidation (2003)
Contexto: That evening he talked about Leonardo and Michelangelo. It is impossible to place them in the human world, he said. It is impossible to comprehend how anything that attests to greatness has survived; it is obviously a result of innumerable chance events and of human incomprehension, he said. If people had understood the greatness of those works, they would have destroyed them long ago. Fortunately, people have lost their flair for greatness and only their flair for murder has persisted, though undoubtedly they have refined the latter, their flair for murder, to an art, almost to point of greatness, he said.

„Maybe I'm worn out, but it could be that I never truly believed in what I believed.“

—  Imre Kertész

Liquidation (2003)
Contexto: The régime was overthrown, and I'm not going to pretend it was me who overthrew it. A general liquidation is in full swing, and I'm not going to join in. I've become a spectator. And I'm not even spectating from the front rows in the stalls but from somewhere up in the gods. Maybe I'm worn out, but it could be that I never truly believed in what I believed. That would be the unseemlier alternative, because then they would have smashed my ear in for no reason at all. That is the assumption I'm inclining to these days. (He breaks off and ponders, book in hand.) I did time for no reason, dragged the millstone of a police record around for no reason, was on probation for years for no reason, and I'm no hero, I merely botched up my life.

„Logos, the invisible spider’s thread that holds our lives together.“

—  Imre Kertész

Liquidation (2003)
Contexto: But I believe in writing — nothing else; just writing. Man may live like a worm, but he writes like a god. There was a time when that secret was known, but now it has been forgotten; the world is composed of disintegrating fragments, an incoherent dark chaos, sustained by writing alone. If you have a concept of the world, if you have not yet forgotten all that has happened, that you have a world at all, it is writing that has created that for you, and ceaselessly goes on creating it; Logos, the invisible spider’s thread that holds our lives together.

„He himself had said near enough exactly what was in the play.“

—  Imre Kertész

Liquidation (2003)
Contexto: He himself had said near enough exactly what was in the play. The only snag was that by the time that scene was played out in reality, almost word for word, the person who had written the play, and that scene in it, was no longer alive.
He had committed suicide.

„A person’s true means of expression is his life.“

—  Imre Kertész

Liquidation (2003)
Contexto: A person’s true means of expression is his life. Living the shame of life and maintaining silence, that was the greatest accomplishment of all.

„For Kingbitter the Hamlet question did not run “To be or not to be?” but “Am I or am I not?”“

—  Imre Kertész

Liquidation (2003)
Contexto: For Kingbitter the Hamlet question did not run “To be or not to be?” but “Am I or am I not?”.

„What we usually mean by fate is what we least understand, that is to say, ourselves“

—  Imre Kertész, livro Kaddish for an Unborn Child

Kaddish for a Child Not Born (1990)
Contexto: What we usually mean by fate is what we least understand, that is to say, ourselves, that subversive, unknown individual constantly plotting against us, whom, estranged and alienated but still bowing with disgust before his might, we call, for the of simplicity, fate.

„Only from our stories can we discover that our stories have come to an end“

—  Imre Kertész

Liquidation (2003)
Contexto: Only from our stories can we discover that our stories have come to an end, otherwise we would go on living as if there were still something for us to continue (our stories, for example); that is, we would go on living in error.

„It seems that only one philosophy can succeed the philosophy of existentialism: nonexistentialism, the philosophy of nonexistent existence.“

—  Imre Kertész

p. 30.
Detective Story (2008)
Contexto: I exist. Is this a life still? No, just vegetating. It seems that only one philosophy can succeed the philosophy of existentialism: nonexistentialism, the philosophy of nonexistent existence.

„If a person resolves to fight, he ought to know what he is fighting for. Otherwise it makes no sense.“

—  Imre Kertész

p. 69.
Detective Story (2008)
Contexto: If a person resolves to fight, he ought to know what he is fighting for. Otherwise it makes no sense. A person usually fights against a power in order to gain power himself. Or else because the power in question is threatening his life.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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