Hungarian novelist and Auschwitz survivor Imre Kertész, winner of the 2002 Nobel literature prize, has died aged 86 after a long illness. Kertész became a Nobel laureate for works the judges said portrayed the Nazi death camps as “the ultimate truth” about how low human beings could fall.
As a Jew persecuted by the Nazis, and then a writer living under repressive Hungarian communist rule, Kertész endured some of the most acute suffering of the 20th century and wrote about it in both direct and delicate prose. He won the literature prize for “writing that upholds the experience of the individual in the face of a barbaric and arbitrary history,” the Swedish Nobel Academy said.
In his work, Kertész returned repeatedly to the experience of Auschwitz, the camp in German-occupied Poland where more than 1 million Jews and other victims of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich died. Read more