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Cristina Giorcelli and Paula Rabinowitz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675784

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675784.001.0001

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The Yellow Star Accessorized

The Yellow Star Accessorized

Ironic Discourse in Fatelessness by Imre Kertész

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Accessorizing the Body

Zsófia Bán

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the stigma/accessory relation as it appears in the novel Fatelessness by Nobel laureate Hungarian author Imre Kertész. It looks at how the author revives the topos of stigmatization and more specifically that of visual stigmatization to represent individual freedom versus coercion. Kertész’s book is one of the most outstanding and unique examples of Holocaust literature, a testimony written by an author who, as a fourteen-year-old boy, experienced and survived the ordeal of the concentration camps. The author’s tour de force resides in the highly disturbing rhetorical representation of “normalcy” throughout the novel, delivered to the reader by way of the protagonist’s first-person narration.

Keywords:   stigma, accessory, Fatelessness, Imre Kertész, visual stigmatization

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