Studien zu Jean Amérys politischem Ethos nach Auschwitz
Edited By Sylvia Weiler and Michael Hofmann
Imre Kertész’ Liquidation als Hommage an Jean Améry?
Abstract: Surviving and continuing to survive are omnipresent topoi in Imre Kertész’ work. And it is especially the writing process which is dealt with as a specific strategy of survival by the author. But this is not the only reason which imposes the question on the reader why, at the end of his literary cycle about Auschwitz, in his book Liquidation, a writer, who was born in Auschwitz, commits suicide. This ending raises the issue to what extent Kertész’ novel Liquidation can be read as an homage to Jean Améry, particularly given the fact that Kertész repeatedly refers to Améry in person and qualifies Améry’s suicide as „the apotheosis of his life and his work“ in the book Dossier K.. At the same time, the novel Liquidation should be understood as a self-inquiry of the author Imre Kertész considering the question what it means to continue to survive as a writer writing books in the aftermath of Auschwitz, a question which he notably is interested in when dealing with Jean Améry’s writings.
In this article, the author firstly shows that Kertész has created a double portrayal in Liquidation in the sense that the victims’ discourse of suriving the Holocaust becomes the core issue in a culture, which understands the heritage of the past as an integral part of contemporary culture. Secondly, the author asks for the new insights about Jean Améry’s essay-fiction which Kertész’ portrayal...
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