... because now we know: The main thing was not to neglect oneself ...
/Yvonne Arras, Germany
This is a grim subject but a remarkable translation of a great novel. I read the novel and I thought this was a moving treatment. This is not about watching a victim. This is about a child so fully immersed in this world that he has moments of boredom or happiness or lucidity. There is a fully worked out philosophy of survival and therefore a contempt for those people beyond the laager who sensationalise it. This young man is displaced on leaving the several camps he passes through. He senses peoples disapproval or attempts to keep him at a distance in the outside world. The young man is remarkable. He wanted the reader to soberly witness the horrors at hand and keep our humanity. You realize how wrong 'Schindler's List' is and how wrong it is to write/film a subject that requires great sensitivity and inner steel. Surprised it was not more favourably reviewed.
/Lorna Markson, United Kingdom
Because Hulocaust books usually "tell you" what to feel or think. This one lets the reader free.
/Miklós Vámos, Hungary
Because it draws the image of a teenager being brought to Auschwitz. He sees everything from the point of view of a teenager; the descriptions are very good, the author manages to describe the absurdity of the situations.
/Rosa M. Pijuan, Spain
It's very good, you think about life a lot and you can feel the feelings they feel in a death camp. It is a very beautiful Holocaust book.
/Anna Lola, Hungary
The future generation will have to know that there was a historical period where all was absurd, where the humanity was denied. Imre Kertész wrote a beautiful beautiful book! Thanks to Kertész because he give me an important lesson about holocaust and human nature.
/Umberto Mancino, Italy
Kaddish for a Child Not Born (Kaddis a meg nem született gyermekért)
This is the most beautiful book written by Kertész Imre. It is almost a poem. This book is proofing that Kertész Imre is a novelist from aesthetical point of view. I think the novel named Faithless was a good exercise for him to write this novel. Unfortunately it has a sad end, although there is a point at the end of the book when the "novelist" realises that he is responsible not having children as he was always saying NO to have children. He is responsible that the child did not born. He realises that he was wrong saying NO.
/Bodó Kinga, Hungary
It's so two-faced, this book - it is alive and dead, funny and deeply sad, logical and strange - and it moved me to my very bones.