The first word in this mesmerizing novel by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is “No.” It is how the novel’s narrator, a middle-aged Hungarian-Jewish . Kaddish for an Unborn Child has ratings and reviews. Diane S ☔ said: Our unnamed writer/translator writes to his unborn child, a child he unequ. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Kaddish for an Unborn Child by Kertész Imre.

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Second, I picked it up and read the back cover to see what exactly this was about. There is so many thoughts in this book, I reread sections again and again, and also read this with two other group friends and despite their added insights still do not feel I have a firm grasp on everything meant to be conveyed.

Kaddish for an Unborn Child

Quotes from Kaddish for an Un A man who tries very hard to explain his thoughts, his rationality about his decision to not father a child. T While I had planned to read only twenty pages today because the books so dense, I found myself so drawn into the book that I had to finish almost all of it in one burst.

An approach that follows its instinct or its anti-instinct. Third, I opened the cover and read the very first word.

I’m not a fan of uber-long sentences. Highly recommended to everyone who wishes to understand the minds of holocaust survivors and their children.

The narrator recalls a summer holiday spent in the countryside: Aug 31, Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it it was ok Shelves: Definitely a book I’d recommend to anyone who is even remotely interested in literature by Holocaust survivors. Despite the style and the difficult material, it is a novel of emotion, and a good one at that. Does one need to recite Kaddish for an unborn child?


A Sentence from Imre Kertész’s Kaddish for an Unborn Child – BIG OTHER

No one else was touching it, or even noticing it. I suspect that when these laws were instituted, the state of women’s health was such that they couldn’t afford to go through full mourning for a lost pregnancy.

The core idea here is both beautiful and unsettling, and it is sure to linger in the mind for weeks after the final page has been read.

Want to Read saving…. It is undeniably difficult to read, with extremely long sentences and stream of consciousness narrative. Feb 04, Kristina rated it it was ok Shelves: Trivia About Kaddish for an Un There were parts, formally and tonally, that reminded me of Ponge’s Soap and Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground.

The stream-of-consciousness style of writing is difficult to digest much like the story that is being told – it is not a glass of milk you swallow down easily; rather, it is more like something you need to crunch your way throughbut nonetheless shows off what Kertesz ends up stating on the penultimate page of my edition at least: For an unborn child or a child that died within 30 days old, there is no requirement to sit shiva, they under the halachic classification of a “nephel” ie.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. You may already suspect, in broad detail, the reasons why the narrator should so vehemently refuse to be a father, but the particular reasons, revealed towards the end of this short but punishing book, are astonishing, even if you have by then become prepared for being astonished.


I don’t understand your answer at all. Kaddish for an Unborn Child is the story of a middle-aged man with both real and literary experience: Therefore Kaddish is not said for them. Well, I was shocked a little bit by his style – very long sentences one or two pages long sentences – this reminded me the modern novel wave J. Another thing the Bernhard style is good for is the mimicking of burgeoning hysteria, so by the end of the narrative you feel you have somehow made your home in a whirlwind.

May 20, Farhan Khalid rated it it was amazing Shelves: Books like this attract me because I know that it takes some seriously powerful writing to get a book this size published. Do you mean sponsoring a kiddush in shul?

The complete review ‘s Review:. This is a pretty amazing book. This was one of the strangest, densest, bravest, and most brilliant and beautiful things Kxddish ever read. The narrator talks about his experience at Auschwitz only briefly, despite many mentions of the concentration camp, through the story of “Teacher,” another inmate who retrieved the narrator’s rations when he was too ill to get them himself. The sort of short dense real hefty novel I love.