Austerlitz is W. G. Sebald's haunting novel of post-war Europe. 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 ...Read MoreAusterlitz is W. G. Sebald's haunting novel of post-war Europe. 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. Austerlitz is W.G. Sebald's melancholic masterpiece. "Mesmeric, haunting and heartbreakingly tragic. Simply no other writer is writing or thinking on the same level as Sebald". (Eileen Battersby, Irish Times). "Greatness in literature is still possible". (John Banville, Irish Times, Books of the Year). "A work of obvious genius". (Literary Review). "A fusion of the mystical and the solid...His art is a form of justice - there can be, I think, no higher aim". (Evening Standard). "Spellbindingly accomplished; a work of art". (The Times Literary Supplement). "I have never read a book that provides such a powerful account of the devastation wrought by the dispersal of the Jews from Prague and their treatment by the Nazis". (Observer). "A great book by a great writer". (Boyd Tonkin, Independent). W . G. Sebald 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 took up 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 The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo, 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 Across the Land and the Water.Read Less
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Brown paper boards are VVERY GOOD. Lower corner shows a sticker ghost from a previous bookseller. Excepting this flaw, cover is clean, crisp, and bright. Interior is free of marks. Binding tight, square. Dust jacket is VERY GOOD, with some soiling and evidence of rubbing from shelf wear, but is now protected in a fresh Brodart sleeve. A very nice copy.
Near Fine. NF/na. Canadian advance copy in two volumes. First Volume (pp 1-206): light edge wear; light crease to rear corner; and light toning. Second Volume (pp 206-413): light scoring to front cover & soft creasing to rear cover. First Canadian Edition. ARC/Proof. "Manuscript for in-house use only". First Volume: 8.5" X 11"' printed pale blue front cover; plain pale blue rear cover; black comb / cerlox binding. Second Volume in pale green covers. This book is from the extensive Gatenby Collection amassed over 30 years. Gatenby was the founding artistic director of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, a hugely successful annual event that helped "Time Magazine" declare that Gatenby had made Toronto one of the literary capitals of the world. He also directed the readings at Harbourfront in Toronto, and is the author of "Literary Guide to Toronto, " among other books. Gatenby signature and date on ffep of First Volume.
Fine in Fine jacket. The Inside Text Is Clean With No Remarks Or Highlights. 415 Pages. Hardcover With A Dust Jacket. Signed By The Author At The Title Page. Winfried Georg Sebald (18 May 1944-14 December 2001) Scarce Thus Signed Book. First Edition In English. Large Heavy Books May Need More Payment For Overseas Delivery.
Well written and interesting. Took nearly half the book to arrive at the where I expected the book to start, that is the kinder transport. but still we'll worth reading and probably very realistic. Beautifully written, thought provoking and good psychological detail.
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