The New York Times didn't publish an interview with Imre Kertész because he refused to smear the country

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In an interview with szombat.org, Nobel Prize winning novelist Imre Kertész related a story that took place in 2013. A New York Times journalist conducted an interview with him, but because the journalist didn't like his answers the interview has never been published.

According to Kertész, the The New York Times journalist tried to manipulate him into admitting that there was a dictatorship in Hungary.

He asked me what I was thinking about the situation in the country. I replied that the situation was satisfactory, and I felt fine; but my opinion surprised him. He tried to insinuate that I was intimidated due to the political climate; then, he asked me why did I give my manuscripts to the German Academy. I told him the reasons, but he didn't like them.

Imre Kertész gave his manuscripts to the German Academy in Berlin in 2012 to preserve them for future generations. His decision wasn't motivated by political considerations; then, he considered Berlin as the best place that was able to preserve the manuscripts for posterity.

Hungary has no mechanism and developed system for such undertaking and the country has no financial means either to secure the manuscripts; then, Berlin was the best option to secure the manuscripts adequately said Kertész.

The Nobel Prize-winning novelist said to valasz.hu that he wasn't satisfied with everything that has been happening in the country, but to suggest that there was a dictatorship in Hungary is nothing more than ideologically motivated irresponsible behavior.

(index.hu – hungarianambiance.com)

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