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.
Published in 1892, Israel Zangwill’s Children of the Ghetto became the first Anglo-Jewish bestseller. It documents, with affectionate honesty and wryness of humour, the lives of immigrant Jews.
Roth’s short novel, Everyman, explores sex, relationships, remorse and dying. The protagonist, an “everyman” figure (reminiscent of the medieval drama), is profoundly aware of the fate that awaits us all.