Imre Kertész

Imre Kertész
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Imre Kertész was born in Budapest on 9th November 1929. His family is of Jewish descent. In 1944 he was deported to Auschwitz and from there on to Buchenwald, where he was liberated in 1945. He then returned to Hungary and by 1948 was working for a Budapest newspaper, Világosság. He was dismissed in 1951 however, when the paper's freedom of expression was compromised. Since this time, Kertész has supported himself as an independent writer and translator of German authors such as Nietzsche, Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Freud, Roth, Wittgenstein and Canetti, all of whom have influenced his own writing.
Kertész was awarded the Brandenburger Literaturpreis in 1995, the Leipziger Buchpreis zur Europäischen Verständigung in 1997, the Herder-Preis and the WELT-Literaturpreis in 2000, the Ehrenpreis der Robert-Bosch-Stiftung in 2001, and, in 2002, the Hans Sahl-Preis and the Nobel Prize for Literature.






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