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Detective Story by Imre Kertesz
Book DescriptionAs readers, we are accustomed to reading stories of war and injustice from the victims' point of view, sympathising with their plight. In Detective Story, the tables have been turned, leaving us in the mind of a monster, as Nobel Laureate Imre Kertesz plunges us into a story of the worst kind, told by a man living outside morality. Now in prison, Antonio Martens is a torturer for the secret police of a recently defunct dictatorship. He requests and is given writing materials in his cell, and what he has to recount is his involvement in the surveillance, torture, and assassination of Federigo and Enrique Salinas, a prominent father and son whose principled but passive opposition to the regime left them vulnerable to the secret police. Preying upon young Enrique's aimless life, the secret police began to position him as a subversive and then targeted his father. Once this plan was set into motion, any means were justified to reach the regime's chosen end--the destruction of an entire liberal class. Inside Martens's mind, we inhabit the rationalising world of evil and see first-hand the inherent danger of inertia during times of crisis. A slim, explosive novel of justice railroaded by malevolence, Detective Story is a warning cry for our time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846551833
(203mm x 136mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Harvill Secker
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Imre Kertesz
Dossier K, Paperback (May 2013)
This book came about through a conversation the author had with his friend Zoltan Hafner over the course of 2003 and 2004.
Holocaust as Culture, Hardback (April 2012)
Reflecting on Imre Kertesz's experiences of the Holocaust and the Soviet occupation of Hungary, this title likens the ideological machinery of National Socialism to the oppressive routines of life under communism.
Kaddish for an Unborn Child, Paperback (September 2010)» View all books by Imre Kertesz
Dealing with the Holocaust, this title takes readers on a journey through the author's life, from his childhood to Auschwitz to his failed marriage.
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Author Biography - Imre Kertesz
Imre Kertesz, who was born in 1929 in Budapest. As a youth, he was imprisoned in Auschwitz and later in Buchenwald. He worked as a journalist and playwright before publishing Fatelessness, his first novel, in 1975. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002.
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