Kaddish for an Unborn Child

by Imre Kertesz

The spectre of the Holocaust hangs over this introspective and deeply philosophical book. One man recounts his experiences, his emotions and how over the years he has come to terms with Auschwitz. Loss and longing for the things lost or never were run throughout this brief, compelling story.


As a Jew or a Christian, as a hero or victim, possibly as the injured party of a metaphysical absurdity or of a demiurgic neochaos? Since these concepts mean nothing to him, he decides that at least he will not pollute the pure fact of his death with lies. He sees everything simply because he has won the right to clear-sightedness: 'We should not seek meaning where there is none: the century, this execution squad on permanent duty, is now once again preparing for decimation, and destiny has decreed that one of the tenth lots should be cast on me - that's all there is to it,' are the last words he says (with my own words, of course).
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Read Extract

Books with similar rating


1. Select UK region:

Not in the UK?

Scotland Norther Ireland North East of England North West of England Yorkshire and the Humber Wales West Midlands East Midlands East of England London South West of England South East of England

Sign in


Whichbook Sign Up

Enter your email address to get started:

First name:
Last name:
Confirm password:


Email alerts are only available for registered users.