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Imre Kertész

Data de nascimento: 9. Novembro 1929

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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

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

—  Imre Kertész
Context: 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.

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

—  Imre Kertész
Context: 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. p. 91.

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

—  Imre Kertész
Context: 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.

„Giving state support to literature is the state's sneaky way for the state liquidation of literature.“

—  Imre Kertész
Context: The state is always the same. The only reason it financed literature up till now was in order to liquidate it. Giving state support to literature is the state's sneaky way for the state liquidation of literature.

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

—  Imre Kertész
Context: For Kingbitter the Hamlet question did not run “To be or not to be?” but “Am I or am I not?”.

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

—  Imre Kertész
Context: 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.

„I am as much or as little accomplice to my staying alive as I was to my birth.“

—  Imre Kertész
Context: I am still here, although I don’t know why; accidentally, I guess, as I was born; I am as much or as little accomplice to my staying alive as I was to my birth.

„The régime was overthrown, and I'm not going to pretend it was me who overthrew it.“

—  Imre Kertész
Context: 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.

„It only has to be accepted temporarily — temporarily, but every day afresh. And every day ever more. Temporarily. Until we have lived to the end of our temporary lives, and one fine day we temporarily die.“

—  Imre Kertész
Context: "You mustn’t forget about your future, Enrique." "I’m living for the present, Dad." "Ah!" he waved that aside. "The present is just temporary." ‘ I boiled up. "I know," I burst out. ‘It only has to be accepted temporarily — temporarily, but every day afresh. And every day ever more. Temporarily. Until we have lived to the end of our temporary lives, and one fine day we temporarily die. p. 66.

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