Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002
Ten years have passed since the fall of Communism. B., a writer of great repute - whose birth and survival in Auschwitz defied all probability - has taken his own life.
His friend Kingbitter discovers among his papers a play entitled "Liquidation", in which he reads an eerie foretelling of the personal and political crises that he and B.'s other friends now face. Having survived the Holocaust and the years of Communist rule, having experienced the surge of hope that rose up from the rubble of the Wall, they are left with little other than a sense of chaos and an utter loss of identity. Kingbitter's find precipitates a frantic search for the novel that B. may or may not have left behind.
That B. was having an affair with Sarah, one of Kingbitter's companions, while Kingbitter himself was having an affair with B.'s ex-wife Judit, serves only to complicate matters further. This work is an intricately layered story of history and humanity - powerful, disturbing, lyrical, achingly suspenseful and brilliantly told. told.
About the Author
Imre Kertesz was born in 1929 in Budapest. As a youth, he was imprisoned first in Auschwitz and later in Buchenwald. He worked as a journalist and playwright before publishing Fatelessness, his first novel, in 1975.
"The real power of Liquidation...lies in the corrosive intensity of Kertesz's disillusionment and the fervency of his desire to communicate it to us...it's a quick read, a short afternoon's conversation with a wonderfully sharp old man" -- Michael Faber Guardian "Liquidation, suspenseful and bleakly comic, reads like a treatise on the mystery of the end of life and the mystery of suicide. I found it a compelling if deeply unsettling work" -- Ian Thomson Independent "When the Hungarian Kertesz won the Nobel prize for Literature in 2002, few in Britain had even heard of him. Shame on us for our insularity - and hurrah for Harvill, the publisher that keeps us supplied with foreign masterpieces" -- Kate Saunders The Times "A readable and ultimately life-enhancing experience" -- Simon Humphreys Mail on Sunday "Kertesz's bleakness is chilling and contains important truths" Scotland on Sunday
Number Of Pages: 130
Published: 4th October 2007
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.2 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.112