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The Pathseeker
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Original and chilling.-The New York Review of Books The new Contemporary Art of the Novella series launches with this stunning work from Nobel Prizewinner Imre Kertsz, author of Kaddish for an Unborn Child and Fatelessness, In a major work never before translated, the acclaimed Auschwitz survivor continues his blistering investigation of the methodologies of totalitarianism. In a mysterious middle-European country, a relentless government detective slowly comes to suspect that he's under investigation himself-but for what and by whom? His banal travels become more and more tense and ominous as the examiner senses his own examination with a building sense of paranoia and powerlessness. Stylish and unblinking, in a limpid translation by Tim Wilkinson, this haunting tale transcends the genre it spoofs so mercilessly as Kertsz lays bare an emotional and psychological landscape ravaged by totalitarianism. Imre Kertsz was born in Hungary in 1929 and, as a teenager, was imprisoned in Auschwitz by the Nazis. The author of numerous novels and stories, few of which have been translated into English, he won the Nobel Prize in 2002 for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history. Tim Wilkinson has translated Kertsz's acclaimed Kaddish for an Unborn Child, Liquidation, and Fatelessness,
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IMRE KERT SZ 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. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002.

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Praise for Imre Kertesz's The Pathseeker "Kertesz's work is a profound meditation on the great and enduring themes of love, death and the problem of evil, although for Kertesz, it's not evil that is the problem but good." --John Banville, author of The Sea "From Imre Kertesz, the winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature, we have come to expect novels where [his] detectives track themselves, seeking to apprehend their own role in 'the logic' of authoritarianism. . . . From a recipe with these ingredients, it is hard to imagine anything but the highest seriousness. The Pathseeker doesn't disappoint. . . . Kafka comes to mind." --John Leonard, Harper's Magazine "Original and chilling." --The New York Review of Books "The Pathseeker is a necessary addition to Mr. Kertesz's work in English, and should occasion thanks to both the novelist and his translator, Tim Wilkinson, who has rendered Mr. Kertesz's (famously difficult) Hungarian into a flowing, able English--as well as to Melville House's fascinating 'The Contemporary Art of the Novella' series, which rubric The Pathseeker falls under. . . . And with the introduction of The Pathseeker into English, after 30 years of silence, we should pay grateful and careful attention." --New York Sun "[A] profound and puzzling novella... Kertesz reminds us that some things can never be named." --Los Angeles Times "A wonderful opportunity to deepen our understanding of Kertesz." --The Nation Praise for Imre Kertesz's "The Pathseeker""Kertesz's work is a profound meditation on the great and enduring themes of love, death and the problem of evil, although for Kertesz, it's not evil that is the problem but good."--John Banville, author of "The Sea""From Imre Kertesz, the winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature, we have come to expect novels where [his] detectives track themselves, seeking to apprehend their own role in 'the logic' of authoritarianism. . . . From a recipe with these ingredients, it is hard to imagine anything but the highest seriousness. "The Pathseeker" doesn't disappoint. . . . Kafka comes to mind."--John Leonard, " Harper's Magazine""Original and chilling."--""The New York Review of Books""""The Pathseeker" is a necessary addition to Mr. Kertesz's work in English, and should occasion thanks to both the novelist and his translator, Tim Wilkinson, who has rendered Mr. Kertesz's (famously difficult) Hungarian into a flowing, able English--as well as to Melville House's fascinating 'The Contemporary Art of the Novella' series, which rubric "The Pathseeker" falls under. . . . And with the introduction of "The Pathseeker" into English, after 30 years of silence, we should pay grateful and careful attention."--"New York Sun""[A] profound and puzzling novella... Kertesz reminds us that some things can never be named."--"Los Angeles Times""A wonderful opportunity to deepen our understanding of Kertesz."--"The Nation" Praise for Imre Kertesz's "The Pathseeker" "Kertesz's work is a profound meditation on the great and enduring themes of love, death and the problem of evil, although for Kertesz, it's not evil that is the problem but good."--John Banville, author of "The Sea""From Imre Kertesz, the winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature, we have come to expect novels where [his] detectives track themselves, seeking to apprehend their own role in 'the logic' of authoritarianism. . . . From a recipe with these ingredients, it is hard to imagine anything but the highest seriousness. "The Pathseeker" doesn't disappoint. . . . Kafka comes to mind."--John Leonard, " Harper's Magazine""Original and chilling."--""The New York Review of Books""""The Pathseeker" is a necessary addition to Mr. Kertesz's work in English, and should occasion thanks to both the novelist and his translator, Tim Wilkinson, who has rendered Mr. Kertesz's (famously difficult) Hungarian i "Kertesz's work is a profound meditation on the great and enduring themes of love, death and the problem of evil, although for Kertesz, it's not evil that is the problem but good."--John Banville, author of "The Sea ""[A] slim, but powerful tale."--Jewish Book World

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