Being and Object, Being a Person. Indirect Interpersonality in Imre Kertész’s Oeuvre
Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Keywords: Auschwitz, banality of Evil, consumer, depersonalization, fictionalization, historicization, Imre Kertész, particularization, personal, privilege, responsibility, solidarity, object, totalitarianism, post-totalitarianism.
Abstract. Imre Kertész wrote in one of his novels, Fiasco, that what he has always tried is to transform his eternal state of object into a state of person. Starting from the problem of personality, my research in Imre Kertész’s oeuvre (novels, essays, and diaries) is led by the following questions: What is the role of writing in order to gain one’s freedom, to transform an initial state of being an object into a state of being a person? What is the role of creating fiction in the representation of the personal experience? How can death be the gesture of maintaining the world? (B.’s suicide in Liquidation) How can withdrawal serve as a creative force? How can one ethically interpret the tension between the responsibility of remembrance and the possibility of love?