A masterwork of W. Traveling in the footsteps of stendhal, biography, legends, into a dizzying web of history, and Kafka, Casanova, line by line, the narrator draws the reader, literature, and — most perilously — memories. G. Sebald, now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund Perfectly titled, Vertigo —W.

G. Sebald's marvelous first novel — is a work that teeters on the edge: compelling, puzzling, and deeply unsettling. An unnamed narrator, venice, verona, beset by nervous ailments, Riva, journeys accross Europe to Vienna, and finally to his childhood home in a small Bavarian village. He is also journeying into the past.


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G. Following literally in their footsteps, constantinople, from the South German provinces to Switzerland, New York, from Munich to Manchester, the narrator retraces routes of exile which lead from Lithuania to London, France, and Jerusalem. Along with memories, documents, and diaries of the Holocaust, he collects photographs—the enigmatic snapshots which stud The Emigrants and bring to mind family photo albums.

Sebald combines precise documentary with fictional motifs, and as he puts the question to realism, the four stories merge into one unfathomable requiem. A masterwork of W. Sebald reconstructs the lives of a painter, an elementary-school teacher, a doctor, and Great Uncle Ambrose. Sebald, now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund The four long narratives in The Emigrants appear at first to be the straightforward biographies of four Germans in exile.


The Rings of Saturn

W. G. Sebald’s the emigrants new directions, 1996 was hailed by Susan Sontag as an "astonishing masterpiece perfect while being unlike any book one has ever read. It was "one of the great books of the last few years, who now acclaims The Rings of Saturn "an even more inventive work than its predecessor, " noted Michael Ondaatje,  The Emigrants.

". A few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator who both is and is not sebald are lonely eccentrics, Rembrandt’s "Anatomy Lesson, the massive bombings of WWII, Joseph Conrad, wooded hills, " the natural history of the herring, recession-hit seaside towns, Sir Thomas Browne’s skull, the dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, and the silk industry in Norwich.

The book is like a dream you want to last forever" roberta silman,  the New York Times Book Review, now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter MendelsundThe Rings of Saturn—with its curious archive of photographs—records a walking tour of the eastern coast of England.

On the Natural History of Destruction

In it, the acclaimed novelist examines the devastation of German cities by Allied bombardment, and the reasons for the astonishing absence of this unprecedented trauma from German history and culture. This void in history is in part a repression of things -- such as the death by fire of the city of Hamburg at the hands of the RAF -- too terrible to bear.

On the natural History of Destruction is W. G. But rather than record the crises about them, writers sought to retrospectively justify their actions under the Nazis. There are moments of black humour and, throughout, the unmatched sensitivity of Sebald’s intelligence. Sebald completed this extraordinary and important -- and already controversial -- book before his untimely death in December 2001.

Sebald’s harrowing and precise investigation of one of the least examined “silences” of our time. They include his childhood recollections of the war that spurred his horror at the collective amnesia around him. For sebald, this is an example of deliberate cultural amnesia; his analysis of its effects in and outside Germany has already provoked angry and painful debate.

Sebald’s incomparable novels are rooted in meticulous observation; his essays are novelistic. This book is a vital study of suffering and forgetting, of the morality hidden in artistic decisions, and of both compromised and genuine heroics. W.

After Nature

The second is the enlightenment botanist-explorer Georg Steller, who accompanied Bering to the Arctic. G. G. The third is the author himself, who describes his wanderings among landscapes scarred by the wrecked certainties of previous ages. After nature introduces many of the themes that W. After Nature, W. Sebald explored in his subsequent books.

From the efforts of each, in places beautiful and comforting, “an order arises, though more cruel, too, than the previous state of ignorance. The first figure is the great German Re-naissance painter Matthias Grünewald. A haunting vision of the waxing and waning tides of birth and devastation that lie behind and before us, it confirms the author’s position as one of the most profound and original writers of our time.

Sebald’s first literary work, now translated into English by Michael Hamburger, explores the lives of three men connected by their restless questioning of humankind’s place in the natural world.

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The multiple layers surrounding each essay are seamless to the point of imperceptibility. New york daily news   “Sebald’s most tender and jovial book. The nation“reading a place in the Country is like going for a walk with a beautifully talented, deeply passionate novelist from Mars. New york. Sebald’s meditation on the six artists and writers who shaped his creative mind—and the last of this great writer’s major works to be translated into English.

Sebald. This extraordinary collection of interlinked essays about place, memory, and creativity captures the inner worlds of five authors and one painter. G. Writer gottfried keller, best known for his 1850 novel Green Henry, is praised for his prescient insights into a Germany where “the gap between self-interest and the common good was growing ever wider.

Sebald compassionately re-creates the ordeals of eduard mörike, and robert walser, and fainting spells in an increasingly shallow society, the nineteenth-century German poet beset by mood swings, depression, the institutionalized author whose nearly indecipherable scrawls seemed an attempt to “duck down below the level of language and obliterate himself” and whose physical appearance and year of death mirrored those of Sebald’s grandfather.

. In his masterly and mysterious style—part critical essay, part memoir—Sebald weaves their lives and art with his own migrations and rise in the literary world.


There, faced with the void at the heart of twentieth-century Europe, he struggles to rescue his heritage from oblivion. When he is a much older man, and obeying an instinct he only dimly understands, fleeting memories return to him, he follows their trail back to the world he left behind a half century before.

Austerlitz, the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by “one of the most gripping writers imaginable” The New York Review of Books, is the story of a man’s search for the answer to his life’s central riddle. A small child when he comes to england on a kindertransport in the summer of 1939, one Jacques Austerlitz is told nothing of his real family by the Welsh Methodist minister and his wife who raise him.


The Emergence of Memory: Conversations with W.G. Sebald

With contributions from poet, and more, new republic editor ruth franklin, and translator Charles Simic, Bookworm radio host Michael Silverblatt, essayist, The Emergence of Memory offers Sebald’s own voice in interviews between 1997 up to a month before his death in 2001. Also included are cogent accounts of almost all of Sebald’s books, thematically linked to events in the contributors’ own lives.

Contributors include carole angier, charles simic, Michael Hofmann, Joseph Cuomo, Arthur Lubow, Ruth Franklin, Michael Silverblatt, Tim Parks, and Eleanor Wachtel. When german author W. Sebald died in a car accident at the age of fifty-seven, the literary world mourned the loss of a writer whose oeuvre it was just beginning to appreciate.

G. Through published interviews with and essays on Sebald, award-winning translator and author Lynne Sharon Schwartz offers a profound portrait of the writer, memory, who has been praised posthumously for his unflinching explorations of historical cruelty, and dislocation.

Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature

In english at last, borges’s erudite and entertaining lectures on english literature from Beowulf to Oscar WildeWriting for Harper’s Magazine, Edgardo Krebs describes Professor Borges:“A compilation of the twenty-five lectures Borges gave in 1966 at the University of Buenos Aires, where he taught English literature.

Starting with the vikings’ kennings and beowulf and ending with Stevenson and Oscar Wilde, the book traverses a landscape of ‘precursors, and genres of expression, ’cross-cultural borrowings, all connected by Borges into a vast interpretive web. Borges’s lectures — delivered extempore by a man of extraordinary erudition — bring the canon to remarkably vivid life.

This is the most surprising and useful of Borges’s works to have appeared posthumously. Borges takes us on a startling, fresh, and highly opinionated tour of English literature, idiosyncratic, weaving together countless cultural traditions of the last three thousand years. Now translated into english for the first time, these lectures are accompanied by extensive and informative notes by the Borges scholars Martín Arias and Martín Hadis.


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A circus, arrives in the dead of winter, promising to display the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world, prompting bizarre rumors. The melancholy of resistance, surreal novel, László Krasznahorkai's magisterial, depicts a chain of mysterious events in a small Hungarian town. Compact, powerful and intense, "is a slow lava flow of narrative, as its enormously gifted translator George Szirtes puts it, The Melancholy of Resistance, a vast black river of type.

And yet, miraculously, in the words of The Guardian, the novel, "lifts the reader along in lunar leaps and bounds. ". Word spreads that the circus folk have a sinister purpose in mind, cosmology, and the frightened citizens cling to any manifestation of order they can find music, fascism. The novel's characters are unforgettable: the evil Mrs.

From the winner of the 2015 man booker international PrizeA powerful, surreal novel, in the tradition of Gogol, about the chaotic events surrounding the arrival of a circus in a small Hungarian town. Eszter, who is the tender center of the book, plotting her takeover of the town; her weakling husband; and Valuska, our hapless hero with his head in the clouds, the only pure and noble soul to be found.


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In others, sebald examines how the works of günter grass and heinrich böll reveal “the grave and lasting deformities in the emotional lives” of postwar Germans; how Kafka echoes Sebald’s own interest in spirit presences among mortal beings; and how literature can be an attempt at restitution for the injustices of the real world.

Dazzling in its erudition, accessible in its deep emotion, Campo Santo confirms Sebald’s status as one of the great modern writers who divined and expressed the invisible connections that determine our lives. Some of these pieces pay tribute to the mediterranean island of Corsica, weaving elegiacally between past and present, the island’s formative effect on its most famous citizen, among other things, examining, Napoleon.

G. Sebald offers profound ruminations on many themes common to his work–the power of memory and personal history, the connections between images in the arts and life, the presence of ghosts in places and artifacts. Readers will be rewarded with unexpected illuminations. The washington post Book WorldThis final collection of essays by W.

Sebald exemplified the best kind of cosmopolitan literary intelligence–humane, digressive, deeply erudite, unassuming and tinged with melancholy.