Detective Story

Detective Story As readers we are accustomed to reading stories of war and injustice from the victims point of view sympathizing with their plight In Detective Story the tables have been turned leaving us in the

As readers, we are accustomed to reading stories of war and injustice from the victims point of view, sympathizing with their plight In Detective Story, the tables have been turned, leaving us in the mind of a monster, as Nobel Laureate Imre Kert sz plunges us into a story of the worst kind, told by a man living outside morality.Now in prison, Antonio Martens is a torturAs readers, we are accustomed to reading stories of war and injustice from the victims point of view, sympathizing with their plight In Detective Story, the tables have been turned, leaving us in the mind of a monster, as Nobel Laureate Imre Kert sz plunges us into a story of the worst kind, told by a man living outside morality.Now in prison, Antonio Martens is a torturer for the secret police of a recently defunct dictatorship He requests and is given writing materials in his cell, and what he has to recount is his involvement in the surveillance, torture, and assassination of Federigo and Enrique Salinas, a prominent father and son whose principled but passive opposition to the regime left them vulnerable to the secret police Preying on young Enrique s aimless life, the secret police began to position him as a subversive and then targeted his father Once this plan was set into motion, any means were justified to reach the regime s chosen end the destruction of an entire liberal class.Inside Martens s mind, we inhabit the rationalizing world of evil and see firsthand the inherent danger of inertia during times of crisis A slim, explosive novel of justice railroaded by malevolence, Detective Story is a warning cry for our time.

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Detective Story

  1. Born in Budapest in 1929, Imre Kert sz was imprisoned at Auschwitz in 1944, and then at Bunchenwald concentration camp After the war and repatriation, the Soviet seizure of Hungary ended Kert sz s brief career as a journalist He turned to translation, specializing in German language works, and later emigrated to Berlin Kert sz was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2002 for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history.

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  1. This book was really crap The author won the Nobel Prize for Literature But I repeat myself.While I m at it, this is easily the worst translation, ever The author is Hungarian and the story appears it s never really stated to be set in either Europe or by the character names South or Central America Here are some examples of chosen dialect Dern right Rodrigeuz concurred, with a guffawd I m asking you, Jack There is, of course, no one named Jack.

  2. DETECTIVE STORY 1977 Eng Trans 2008 Imre KerteszKertesz is a Hungarian born writer, born in 1929, who was imprisoned in both Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a young man His writings garnered him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002 Frankly, I had never heard of him until I came across his name in another context Nobody ever tells me anything In this short novel, he examines the thoughts and beliefs of a policeman in custody held by the very organization that he served, the Secret Police Our narrat [...]

  3. This is a review of the Hebrew edition which actually contains two novellas Detective Story and The Messenger As previous reviewers had written Detective Story deals with a familiar story about life under a totalitarian regime The story has a surprising twist which is easily guessed However as one have said the story is nothing, how you tell it is everything , and Imre Kert sz knows how to tell a story The story, especially its first halve is very goodThe Messenger might have been translated as [...]

  4. I wish to tell a storyI must hurry, as most likely my time is shortThey brainwashed meToo early, damnably earlyI have not been able to escape itThe only way back is to carry on straight aheadNo, it wasn t enough Rodriguez didn t believe in mechanizationA person, he says, has no direct contactAs far as we were concerned, his fate was sealedIt s all a matter of timingAnd the pace of eventsNaturallyThey had again sorted out their differencesTo give an account of my days is impossibleTo give an acco [...]

  5. This was a quaint and ultimately straightforward story that had very little in the way of Literature wrapped up in it I would have been disappointed if I hadn t been reading it on a Friday that I took off of work to peruse through the University library and read all day The writing was very succinct and unlyrical not really what I hope for in a book The sentences were short and varied very little in their form again not what I m usually looking for This piece definitely wasn t for me and I m not [...]

  6. The text of this book should be submitted as the new dictionary definition of ineluctable I predicted the sad little plot twist but otherwise really enjoyed how this one swirled at first in semi confounding spirals before it took off on a 45 degree angle, rising drama wise The translation seemed a bit wonky sometimes, especially before the story clarified and took off for me Recommended if you re thinking about writing a syllabus for a class called The Literature of Atrocity .

  7. In Detective Story , Imre Kertesz narrates the destruction of a Latin American from the perspective of the policeman who engineers it after the fall of the brutal dictatorship that employs him The family is innocent of everything but the student son s inept idealism and the businessman father s loving overestimation of the power his money can buy The narrative is brief and artful, and the voice of the policeman would be convincing in any other micro genre, but I am skeptical of fiction written f [...]

  8. This book is one that made me wonder if it is depressing when an author shows you how much you have in common with the human experience, or if that sort of demonstration of shared perspective is indeed uplifting I still have not settled on the answer This is a masterful tale, which I felt to be written in the style of some of the old masters like Camus, wherein the tale lies not only in the narrative I would recommend this book to anyone, as it is short and sweet, but full as poetry I still find [...]

  9. Either a very poorly written or a very poorly translated little novel The language is completely at odds with the premise, and where the review in the New York Times felt this wasn t a fatal flaw, I thought that it totally was a fatal flaw.My wife points out that I didn t like his other novels, either Good point.This novel pretends to be the written testimony of an imprisoned former torturer in a vaguely South American police state And a story of the torture and execution of innocent men.

  10. The confessional monologue reminded me of Camus s The Fall, and the younger victim s diary from which the interrogator torturer narrator quotes reminded me of Gordimer s Burger s Daughter for the discontent with happiness in an unjust state But the plot here also has a particularly brutal ironic logic to it You think you are being very clever in riding events out, as I say, and then you find that all you want to know is where the hell they are galloping off to with you.

  11. I think the synopsis oversells this interesting experiment in perspective, sure we re riding in the mind of a member of some fascist police group or other from some South American banana republic but i m not entirely sure Kertesz is asking us to sympathise with the guy or anything so confronting If anything it s far subtle yet completely in keeping with many of the stories that came out of Germany after WWII or perhaps come from any lunatic cop in America in 2018 I was just riding the wave to g [...]

  12. I was frustrated by the vagueness allegory ness Kert sz was likely trying to show that this type of horror could happen anywhere to anyone with relative ease, but the story danced around any specifics until past the halfway point The reveal of what the father was doing to trick the son was the highlight The book is also marred either by the translation or the original text not sure which , which uses a jarring and American noirish register.I recommend reading Distant Star instead, which is a mas [...]

  13. Maybe the Spanish translation is not the best and it does not make me feel like Imre Kert sz would want But this was the second book by Imre Kert sz that I have read and again I have not enjoyed, even I did not finished it Not flow, unsexy, not interesting, so sorry

  14. Everyone has a part to play in this game The game Totalitarianism Autocracy Call it what you will I d file this book under Fascism Studies This is my second Kert sz novel, both of them chilling and bleak, though both, somehow, essential.

  15. Hoe prachtig kan een kort verhaal zijn En hoeveel te sterker is het als je dan in zo n kort verhaal nog zo n boodschap kwijt kunt Magnifiek.

  16. Hungarians have won their fair share of Nobel Prizes than most for a country of Hungary s size However, these awards are overwhelmingly in the hard sciences, and so you ll be forgiven for not being familiar with the country s sole Nobel Prize winner in Literature to date If you ve read Imre Kert sz, you probably read Fateless Sorstalans g Fateless aka Fatelessness is his semi autobiographical novel about a boy in Auschwitz Detective Story is a short novel some might call it a novella whose prot [...]

  17. Imre Kert sz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2002 for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history is an Auschwitz survivor writing about Auschwitz, even if he is not writing about Auschwitz Detective Story is a short, chilling novella, set in a nameless Latin American country Police officer Antonio Martens, accused of murder and torture crimes actually committed by his superiors asks his lawyer for paper to write things dow [...]

  18. Detective Story is a short novel but it feels longer Most of the novel is a first person narrative told by Antonio Martens, a policeman of an unspecified Latin American regime of his role in in the arrest, interrogation and execution of Federico and Enrique Salinas, a middle class father and son The narrative is interspersed with excerpts from Enrique Salinas s diary.Keretsz portrays Martens as a journeyman There is no glee at his ability to torture or make suspects beg There is little or no des [...]

  19. In this short political thriller, Kertesz dares to enter the mind of an evil man and show how easily the forces of a regime can run amok We are introduced to Martens, a former member of the secret Corps police He is currently imprisoned since the fall of an unnamed dictatorship In his cell, he drafts his memoirs, which attest to his involvement in the surveillance, arrest, torture, and eventual demise of an innocent father and son This is only part of the story, however, for the real shock rests [...]

  20. Antonio R Martens is on death row He used to be a member of a police squad that interrogate, torture, and kill people they deemed to be an enemy of the state, but now with his authority being relinquished here he is, remorseless, behind bars, writing his memoir before the new regime executes him for his many wrongdoings.In the memoir , he recounts a case about two other characters a father and a son and the circumstances that lead both of them to their untimely demise The case seems to be specia [...]

  21. From weeksnotice 2011 Imre Kert sz is a Hungarian novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002, for his fiction on the Holocaust However, he also wrote a book about Latin America, Detective Story, that was originally published in 1977 but translated into English in 2008 It is narrated by Antonio Martens, a police detective who became involved in torture in an unnamed Latin American dictatorship and now in the postauthoritarian period is on trial for murder He was on the trail of Enriq [...]

  22. 1 A man is escorted into a building The security camera captures him entering He is questioned over some sort of alleged corruption in the government Questioning is a physical process Early the next morning he is found dead The security camera did not capture his death.2 A blogger writes about the government s wrong doing and backs it up with documentation In the early morning hours the secret police enter his house and he is thrown in jail No trial No questions.3 A young man, son of a prominent [...]

  23. Antonio Martens was a member of the secret police in a dictatorship in an unspecified Latin American country Now that the dictator has been overthrown, Martens is in prison facing trial for the torturing and killing he took part in He asks for paper and pen to write with in his cell, and proceeds to relay the events surrounding the surveillance, torture and death of two prominent members of the nation s society not as a means of atoning for his misdeeds, but in order to set the record straight o [...]

  24. Imre Kert sz is, of course, a Nobelist He is also an emigre Hungarian author having been based in Berlin for decades , which is why this book strikes me as a bit of a cop out To explain he sets the novel in an unnamed Latin American police state where the internal security apparatus wields its power of arrest and terror with impunity To my mind, he is excoriating the arbitrariness of dictatorial power, and his book would make as much sense in Mexico as in Hungary so why did he not just base it o [...]

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