” Writing changed my life. It has an existential dimension, and that’s the same for every writer. Every artist has a moment of awakening, of happening upon an idea that grabs hold of you, regardless of whether you are a painter or a writer. “


” When we write about Auschwitz, we must know that Auschwitz, in a certain sense at least, suspended literature. One can only write a black novel about Auschwitz or – you should excuse the expression – a cheap serial, which begins in Auschwitz and is still not over. “


” A good autobiography is like a document: a mirror of the age on which people can ‘depend.’ In a novel, by contrast, it’s not the facts that matter, but precisely what you add to the facts. “


” Modern life is organised so that you benefit at the expense of the other, and the most extreme example of that is a camp. “


” In a democracy, you have to find a market niche, make sure a novel is ‘interesting’ and ‘spectacular.’ That may be the toughest censorship of all. “



All 5 Imre Kertesz Quotes about You in picture


Writing changed my life. It has an existential dimension, and that
When we write about Auschwitz, we must know that Auschwitz, in a certain sense at least, suspended literature. One can only write a black novel about Auschwitz or - you should excuse the expression - a cheap serial, which begins in Auschwitz and is still not over.


A good autobiography is like a document: a mirror of the age on which people can
Modern life is organised so that you benefit at the expense of the other, and the most extreme example of that is a camp.
In a democracy, you have to find a market niche, make sure a novel is
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