Imre Kertész: Homesick for Death. Working Diary
After years of working unsuccessfully on his first novel project, I, the Executioner, Imre Kertész decided to conduct a “sober self-examination”. Between 1958 and 1962 he wrote his first diary, 44 closely written sheets of paper that were found in his estate in the Archives of the Akademie der Künste. Here, he meticulously records his thinking and writing, develops his “own mythology” and struggles in the most impressive way to conceive his work of the century, the novel Fatelessness.