01. 03. 2012. 10:32

Praise for Imre Kertész’s Fiasco

As 2011 drew to a close, magazines and websites put together a list of the best books they reviewed last year. Kertész’s Fiasco, published in English by Melville House, figures at the top of some of these lists.

The website Hey, small press! (Getting independent books into public libraries) claims that "Kertész is the greatest living writer in Europe, maybe the world, and Fiasco is perfect. That is not hyperbole." In their April review they write: "[Kertész] is, for a growing community of readers, the most powerful European writer still living… Fiasco is as powerful as Fatelessness and deserves to be read just as widely. It is a vital addition to any popular library."

In the Tuesday 27 December, 2011 issue of The Guardian, Nicholas Lezard writes: "One of the most pleasant surprises of the year has been the way people seem to be abandoning their distrust of foreign fiction in translation… I raved about Diego Marani's New Finnish Grammar in May… But there was some other great stuff: Nobel laureate Imre Kertész’s Fiasco (Melville House) is actually an even better book (and funnier, too), so I hope that gets another look-in.” (Lezard reviewed Fiasco at The Guardian in June.)

At waggish.org David Auerbach writes: "Here is a quick rundown of new books, reissues, and assorted other things that I especially enjoyed this year which also happened to be published this year. Imre Kertész’s Fiasco stands out as perhaps the most significant to me of the lot.” Another Hungarian book, Animalinside by László Krasznahorkai, also figures on Auerbach's list of best books of the year.

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