Imre Kertész Biography

Journalist, Author (1929–2016)
Imre Kertész is a Hungarian writer who survived the Holocaust and went on to win the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature.


Born on November 9, 1929, in Budapest, Hungary, Imre Kertész was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp and then to Buchenwald, where he was freed. He would face more challenges working as a journalist and a translator living under authoritarian rule in communist Hungary. His semi-autobiographical novel about a young man surviving the Holocaust, Fateless, was published in 1975. Two other works followed, forming a trilogy. He won the literature Nobel Prize in 2002. He died on March 31, 2016 at the age of 86.

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