Fateless is narrated by Georg Koves, a fourteen-year-old Hungarian boy, who is unceremoniously separated from his family in Budapest and sent to the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Zeitz. Georg sees himself less as a victim and more as a participant in a life that unfolds as a series of disappointing and increasingly dire revelations. With this troubling, dispassionate, often apologist voice, Kertész seems to be painstakingly recounting his own formative notions of fate and agency – an adolescent's first struggle with the concept of meaning within the bewildering inhumanity of the Holocaust.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PH3281.K3815 S6713 1996
4th Floor Holocaust Memorial Library
Review submitted by: Chris Rynd, Senior Writer, University Advancement