Book #32: Fatelessness

I’ve just started Fatelessness by Imre Kertész.

Fatelessness by Imre Kertész book cover

It’s a Holocaust book, which means I’ll be pretty absorbed by it. I’ve mentioned this on here before, I think, but I’m really interested in the Holocaust.

Basically, it’s the story of a fourteen-year-old Hungarian Jew who winds up in Auschwitz. He’s really only a Jew by heritage. He doesn’t exactly believe in God and he doesn’t speak Yiddish. This leads other Jews in the concentration camp to shun him and claim that he isn’t really a Jew.

I’m wondering if this will be a big part of the book. It sounds like it could wind up being a great commentary on the randomness and senselessness of the persecution of the Jews. The boy is, for some reason, identified as a Jew by outsiders, but actual Jews don’t completely consider him one. What, then, is identity and what makes a person who they are?

Hopefully this book will reflect on that a little. But otherwise, I’m just going to enjoy (in the way that one usually “enjoys” Holocaust literature) reading about the Holocaust again. I haven’t really done that since my senior project in college.


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