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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The poor man in this book is just trying to get through life, but he has so much horror in his head that works against him, that he can never get away from. He can not rise above his inadequacies — including his chhild to marry “out of motives and for the aim of self-liquidation” — but can only try to give cuild expression.

Kaddish for an Unborn Childwritten a decade and a half later, is anything but.

Lists with This Book. While I understand and appreciate what this book is trying to accomplish — a painfully honest psychological portrait of its author through unmediated stream of consciousness — for me it falls short aesthetically.

May 20, Farhan Khalid rated it it was amazing Shelves: Who on earth writes ynborn this? There are many people who do not even buy baby clothes before the baby is born because of ayin harah.

Kaddish maddish an unborn child Ask Question. Throughout the work there a number of nods to Bernhard, whereas Kertesz further gilds the homage to the Austrian with trademark recurrences and stilted rhythms.

Kaddish for an Unborn Child by Imre Kertész

Identity is fixed firmly to the present perspective, with the narrator constantly reminiscing yet always acknowledging what was to happen: However, the author certainly captured the inner life of a tortured and traumatized Holocaust survivor. But I’m cihld, very glad indeed, that I kept on reading.


This was the work of a master. Now that I know it has been translated before, I am curious to see for myself how they differ in language, poetics and style. The first entire sentence of the book lasts the entire first page and ends two lines onto the second. That I write only because I have to write, and I have to write because I am whistled up every day to drive the spade deeper, to knborn death on a darker, sweeter string?

Read it again then, look foor the medrash inside first.

Third, I opened the cover and read the very first word. Kaddish is said as a merit for the deceased to shield him from the judgement of Gehinnom. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. I’m not a fan of uber-long sentences. A powerful and intriguing premise, and certainly being a survivor of Aushwitz most likely implies PTSD, but the setup at the start is never clear to establish this unreliable narrator.

Return to Book Page. It is how the narrator, a middle-aged Hungarian Jewish writer, answers an acquaintance who asks if he has a child and it is how he answered his, now ex- wife when she told him she wanted a baby. Topics Books Nicholas Lezard’s choice. Therefore Kaddish is not said for them. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

It is written on paper, it is solid, and it brings to life every fear, every doubt, every thought and experience that leads him to write it in the first place. Apr 25, Hanna rated it it was ok. First, I saw the book on the table and noticed its small size.


I found the Wilkinson translation haunting, musical with a unique rhythm to its words.

This kaddish a pretty amazing book. Show 25 25 50 All. Therefore lack of Shiva doesn’t imply lack of Kaddish. The formal structure it seems to be following in the beginning pages — a constant repetition of a story that builds itself more with each iteration — is very interesting, but falls apart half way through the text upon which the narrative becomes dense psychobabble, to put it bluntly.

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The most intriguing part of the novel is when the narrator finally talks about the relationship with his ex-wife. As with Liquidationthis novella is a meditation on the Holocaust, and also features literary translator B.

The text explains the refusal, too, the author-cum-narrator offering explanations, but ultimately what makes it an effective work is that it conveys all this and more: A google search produced only references to an unrelated book. Questions what his sense of Jewishness really means, contradicts or destructs sentiments like “Auschwitz cannot be explained,” realizes that chold must work to live and work sets him free into what’s essentially a prison of melancholy and pain, an existence that denies life, the jaddish existence possible for him, which ultimately undermines his marriage to a woman who chooses life and children.

Where do you see chiyuv avelut in that story??? Do you mean sponsoring a kiddush in shul? An approach that follows its instinct or its anti-instinct.