by W. G. Sebald, Anthea Bell, James Wood
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Austerlitz is WGSebald from the haunting novel of post-war EuropeIn 1939, five-year-old Jacques Austerlitz was sent to England on a Kindertransport and placed in foster families.This childless couple quickly remove the boy’s knowledge of his identity and he grows ignorant of his past.Later in life, after a career as an architectural historian at the Austerlitz railway station – having avoided all the clues that might point to its origin – finds the past coming back to haunt him and he is forced to explore what happened fifty years ago.Austerlitz is WGSebald is a melancholic masterpieceHypnotic, haunting, and terrible and tragic.Quite simply no other writer is to write or think on the same level as Sebald’ Eileen Battersby, Irish Times’ Greatness in literature is always possible “John Banville, Irish Times, The Books of the Year A Work the most obvious work of genius of the Literary Review A fusion of mysticism and solidityHis art is a form of justice -, it can, I think, no more purpose’ Evening Standard’ Spellbindingly accomplished; a work of art “The Times Literary Supplement” I have never read a book that provides a powerful account of the devastation caused by the dispersion of Prague Jews and their treatment by the Nazis Observer A a great book of a great writer’ Boyd Tonkin, IndependentWGSebald was born in Wertach im Allgau, Germany, in 1944 and died in December 2001.He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland and Manchester.In 1996, he held a position as an assistant lecturer at the University of Manchester and settled permanently in England in 1970.He was Professor of European Literature at the University of East Anglia and is the author of Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertige, Austerlitz, After Nature, On the Natural History of Destruction, Campo Santo, Unrecounted, A Place in the Country.His selected poetry is published in a volume called Travers la Terre et l’ Eau.
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