Tragicomically tender is a phrase that astutely describes the Last Impressions. Kertes resounds themes that have remained constant during his career.
How do you get over the past? How do you make history right again? How does a family overcome grief, especially when everyone is determined not to speak of it?
Last Impressions is centered on a survivor of the Holocaust, Zoltan Beck. Beck is determined to enjoy his old age and put the past behind him. He longs to preserve his children from the darkness of their past – unfortunately, the past keeps looming above them.
The past trauma easily bubbles to the surface, with Beck determined to shut it out, and his children longing to know before it becomes too late.
Never Forget is full of humor and warmth imbued in the characters. It is hard not to fall in love with each one – the bumptious Zoltan and the kind, self-sacrificing Ben.
Kertes brings Jewish concerns to the limelight with heartbreaks and humor.