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.

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, fleeting memories return to him, and obeying an instinct he only dimly understands, he follows their trail back to the world he left behind a half century before.


The Rings of Saturn

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, " noted Michael Ondaatje, who now acclaims The Rings of Saturn "an even more inventive work than its predecessor,  The Emigrants.

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


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Following literally in their footsteps, 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, Constantinople, France, and Jerusalem. G. 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.

Sebald combines precise documentary with fictional motifs, and as he puts the question to realism, the four stories merge into one unfathomable requiem. Along with memories, and diaries of the Holocaust, documents, he collects photographs—the enigmatic snapshots which stud The Emigrants and bring to mind family photo albums.

A masterwork of W. Sebald reconstructs the lives of a painter, a doctor, an elementary-school teacher, and Great Uncle Ambrose.

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.

Sebald completed this extraordinary and important -- and already controversial -- book before his untimely death in December 2001. They include his childhood recollections of the war that spurred his horror at the collective amnesia around him. But rather than record the crises about them, writers sought to retrospectively justify their actions under the Nazis.

W. G. On the natural History of Destruction is W. G. There are moments of black humour and, throughout, the unmatched sensitivity of Sebald’s intelligence. Sebald’s harrowing and precise investigation of one of the least examined “silences” of our time. 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.

After Nature

G. G. 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. From the efforts of each, too, “an order arises, though more cruel, in places beautiful and comforting, than the previous state of ignorance.

The first figure is the great German Re-naissance painter Matthias Grünewald. Sebald explored in his subsequent books. The second is the enlightenment botanist-explorer Georg Steller, who accompanied Bering to the Arctic. 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.

After Nature, W. 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.


He is also journeying into the past. A masterwork of W. 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, riva, verona, beset by nervous ailments, Venice, journeys accross Europe to Vienna, and finally to his childhood home in a small Bavarian village.

G. Traveling in the footsteps of stendhal, literature, the narrator draws the reader, line by line, legends, Casanova, into a dizzying web of history, biography, and Kafka, and — most perilously — memories.

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

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

. When german author W. 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, michael silverblatt, Charles Simic, Joseph Cuomo, Michael Hofmann, Tim Parks, Ruth Franklin, Arthur Lubow, and Eleanor Wachtel.

With contributions from poet, and translator charles simic, new republic editor Ruth Franklin, essayist, Bookworm radio host Michael Silverblatt, and more, The Emergence of Memory offers Sebald’s own voice in interviews between 1997 up to a month before his death in 2001.

The Reader

As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime.

Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany. When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age.


Three Book Sebald Set: The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, and Vertigo

Sebald, now in gorgeous new covers by the famed designer Peter MendelsundNew Directions is delighted to announce beautiful new editions of these three classic Sebald novels, including his two greatest works, The Emigrants and The Rings of Saturn. The masterworks of W. G. All three novels are distinguished by their translations, nineteenth-century Germanic undertones, every line of which Sebald himself made pitch-perfect, tragic elegiac notes, and his unique, slaving to carry into English all his essential elements: the shadows, the lambent fallings-back, quiet wit.


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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. Here are people gifted with talent and courage yet in some cases cursed by fragile and unstable natures, working in countries inhospitable or even hostile to them.

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 fainting spells in an increasingly shallow society, depression, and Robert Walser, the nineteenth-century German poet beset by mood swings, 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.

Sebald. This extraordinary collection of interlinked essays about place, memory, and creativity captures the inner worlds of five authors and one painter. Jean-jacques rousseau is conjured on the verge of physical and mental exhaustion, hiding from his detractors on the island of St. Hypnotic.

Survival in Auschwitz

It describes his arrest as a member of the italian anti-fascist resistance during the Second World War, and his incarceration in the Auschwitz concentration camp from February 1944 until the camp was liberated on 27 January 1945. Survival in auschwitz or if this is a man, first published in 1947, is a work by the Italian-Jewish writer, Primo Levi.