First Edition of Holocaust As Survival: Signed by the Nobel Prize-Winning Author Imre Kertesz
Holocaust As Culture.
Item Number: 3552
New York: Seagull Books, 2011.
First edition of Kertesz’s reflections regarding his experiences of the Holocaust and the Soviet occupation following the Second World War. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Imre Kertesz on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Thomas Cooper. Uncommon signed.
In The Holocaust as Culture,Kertész recalls his childhood in Buchenwald and Auschwitz and as a writer living under the so-called soft dictatorship of communist Hungary. Reflecting on his experiences of the Holocaust and the Soviet occupation of Hungary following World War II, Kertész likens the ideological machinery of National Socialism to the oppressive routines of life under communism. He also discusses the complex publication history of Fateless, his acclaimed novel about the experiences of a Hungarian child deported to Auschwitz, and the lack of interest with which it was initially met in Hungary due to its failure to conform to the communist governments simplistic history of the relationship between Nazi occupiers and communist liberators. "A slim, stimulating volume" (Times Literary Supplement).