Kaddish for An Unborn Child

Kaddish for An Unborn Child

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Random House, Inc.
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 writer, answers an acquaintance who asks him if he has a child. It is the answer he gave his wife (now ex-wife) years earlier when she told him that she wanted one. The loss, longing and regret that haunt the years between those two “no”s give rise to one of the most eloquent meditations ever written on the Holocaust.

As Kertesz’s narrator addresses the child he couldn’t bear to bring into the world he ushers readers into the labyrinth of his consciousness, dramatizing the paradoxes attendant on surviving the catastrophe of Auschwitz. Kaddish for the Unborn Child is a work of staggering power, lit by flashes of perverse wit and fueled by the energy of its wholly original voice.
Translated by Tim Wilkinson

Baker & Taylor
A middle-aged writer and Holocaust survivor explains to a friend why he cannot bring a child into a world that allows such horrors as the Holocaust. Previously published as Kaddish for a Child Not Born. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, c2004
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9781400078622
Characteristics: 120 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wilkinson, Tim


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