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    STUDIA DRAMATICA - Issue no. 2 / 2012  
         
  Article:   WHO SPEAKS? KADDISH FOR AN UNBORN CHILD AS DRAMATIC FORM.

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  Abstract:  Who speaks? Kaddish for an Unborn Child as Dramatic Form. Imre Kertész’s Kaddish For an Unborn Child is written in the shape of a monologue with many repetitions. The musical form of the novel evokes both the traditional Jewish mourning prayer kaddish, and Paul Celan’s poem Death Fugue. The paper discusses the possibilities of reading the novel as drama, combining the tradition of the Augustinian soliloquies with the writings of Samuel Beckett. The parallel reading of Kertész and Beckett offers a new perspective regarding the influence of Beckett on Kertész’s writing, an aspect practically never approached in the Hungarian reception of Imre Kertész’s work.

Keywords: Beckett, Bonhoeffer, Derrida, kaddish, Kertész, Endgame, Fatelessness, minyan, Molloy, monologue, prayer, responsorium, soliloquies
 
         
     
         
         
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