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  • Kertesz, Oz novels nominated for translation prize

    The English-language editions of novels by Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz of Hungary and Israel's Amos Oz are among 25 finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards.

  • The mystery of cruelty

    The story goes that Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz was given a diary for his 10th birthday, but was frightened by its white pages. A diary now figures prominently in the newly translated "Detective Story," a novel in which the lines between self-expression, criminal confession and terror are blurred. The putative blank page at the center of this book is the mystery that drives it: What is root of cruelty?

  • Living too close to death

    ''Fateless," arguably the most haunting and sobering of recent movies in which the decisive setting is a Nazi death camp, begins with a perversely disarming remark: "I didn't go to school today."

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  • In "Fateless," his surpassing first novel, he told the story of a young concentration camp survivor who tries to explain his experience to those who did not share the same fate.

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  • In the novels that followed — "Fiasco,""Liquidation," "Kaddish for a Child Not Born" — he portrayed characters who struggle to communicate about that which is unfathomable and ultimately unspeakable.

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