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A classic novel of post-war Europe, haunting and timelessly
beautiful 'The greatest writer of our time' Peter Carey 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.
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