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Reading Group: Imre Kertesz

Naomi Lightman

05/02/2006 4:15 pm

Fatelessness, the title of Imre Kertesz’s novel, refers to what he calls “the dreary trap of linearity”. Having to accept one event after the other, powerlessly, is what befalls Georgy, a fourteen year old boy confronted with his Jewishness, the camps and their aftermath.

Naomi Lightman

Naomi Lightman teaches literature at Birkbeck College, the Open University and the City Literary Institute, London.