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Imre Kertsz gives its archives in Germany And decided to stop writing after having finished the Holocaust

By Nicolas Gary, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 It must be the season that encourages writers to abandon definitively the writing whatsoever. After the American novelist Philip Roth, it was the turn of the Hungarian Imre Kertsz, concentration camp survivor, announced that he would never return. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002, he believes it is doing all it should. The Holocaust was the main focus of work over the fifteen books he published and translated into several languages. But the author has done. Especially today, Parkinson's disease suffered is gaining ground. She did not facilitate life, and makes it difficult to write, but this is not the problem. "I do not want to try to write. The work represents the relationship between the Holocaust and me is over, "he says in Hungarian newspaper index. First writer to receive the Nobel Hungarian, he was deported to Auschwitz in 44, then Buchenwold, where it was not released until 45. From this experience, it will draw, as Primo Levi and Jorge Seprun, the material for his novels. At the same time, the author decided to entrust its archives at the Academy of Arts in Berlin, nearly 35,000 pages of documents compiled. "I feel better understood than in my country, Hungary. They demonstrate good will, but they can not keep the equipment as well as Berlin, where I lived for many years. ' The Academy will open its doors to the public today, to discover these essential documents. An exhibition is planned in his presence, in his state of health. "My whole life is an adventure," he says with a smile, to comment. We find in the archives of speeches, diaries and a great match. Much had been sent in 2001 to the Academy, which has since worked on digitization. And it is not without some irony that the author notes that his work will now be an Auschwitz survivor rescued ... by Germany. "Imre Kertsz is both a witness and a literary voice against forgetting. It is a moving gesture of trust and reconciliation Imre Kertsz, as a survivor of the Holocaust, this exceptional work to convey an academy of the German capital, "said in a statement, the Minister of Culture Bernd Neumann, quoted by AFP. Imre Kertsz was born November 9, 1929 into a Jewish family in Budapest. Deported at the age of fifteen years at Auschwitz. It is then transferred to Buchenwald and then to labor camp Zeitz. Experience of the concentration camps and the brand deeply permeates his work. Shadow writer for forty years. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002. Refusing any nationalism, he describes himself as a Jewish European and laughs with his wife in Berlin and

Budapest. In France, his work is published by Actes Sud.