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  • Published: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241984482
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $24.00
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Austerlitz




Sebald's heartbreaking and profound masterpiece of a man's journey through European history, published as an Essential for the first time

In 1939, five-year-old Jacques Austerlitz is sent to England on a Kindertransport and placed with foster parents. This childless couple promptly erase from the boy all knowledge of his identity and he grows up ignorant of his past. Later in life, after a career as an architectural historian, Austerlitz - having avoided all clues that might point to his origin - finds the past returning to haunt him and he is forced to explore what happened fifty years before.

  • Published: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241984482
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $24.00
Categories:

About the author

W. G. Sebald

W. G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgäu, in the Bavarian Alps, in 1944. He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland and Manchester. In 1966 he took up a position as an assistant lecturer at the University of Manchester, settling permanently in England in 1970. He was professor of Modern German Literature at the University of East Anglia, and is the author of The Emigrants which won the Berlin Literature Prize, the Literatur Nord Prize and the Johannes Bobrowski Medal, The Rings of Saturn and Austerlitz. W. G. Sebald died in 2001.

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Praise for Austerlitz

A superb meditation on time, loss and retrieval. A new kind of writing, combining fiction, memoir, travelogue, philosophy and much else besides . . . greatness in literature is still possible

John Banville, Irish Times, Books of the year

A work of obvious genius and an extraordinary writer way above most of his contemporaries

Literary Review

Mesmeric, haunting and heartbreakingly tragic. Simply no other writer is writing or thinking on the same level as Sebald. A profound, alluring masterwork of singular genius

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

An extraordinary, mesmeric story and one of the most haunting books of the year

Esther Freud, Observer

Anyone with a serious interest in fiction should read Sebald

John Lanchester, Daily Telegraph

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