The inside scoop on the book world

By Matthew Flamm
Updated October 25, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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— THAT’S AN ORDER Hungarian writer Imre Kertesz may have just won the Nobel Prize in literature, but where can you find his books? His U.S. publisher, Northwestern University Press, has put in a reprint order for ”tens of thousands” of two of the 72-year-old author’s Holocaust novels, Fateless and Kaddish for a Child Not Born, which together have sold only 5,000 copies here since their English publication in the ’90s. Meanwhile, the press is shipping its last paperback copies — a couple hundred of Fateless and about 1,200 of Kaddish. ”We’re working as fast as we can,” says the press’ acting director Donna Shear. ”They’re good books, so I think they’ll sell even after all this publicity.”

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