The Emigrants (Paperback)

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Four narratives weave history and fiction together as refugees from the Holocaust remember their experiences *Author: Sebald, Winfried Georg/ Hulse, Michael *Series Title: New Directions Paperbook, 853 *Publication Date: 1997/09/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.50


Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780811213660
SKU 30170431
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0811213668
Release Date 9/1/1997
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
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Winfried Georg Sebald
Winfried Georg Sebald (who preferred to be called "Max") grew up in a village in the Bavarian Alps. Educated in Germany, he held teaching posts in Switzerland but lived in England from the mid-1960s, teaching German at the University of East Anglia. He married a woman he met at university in Freiburg and had one daughter. Sebald died at the age of 57 when the car he was driving swerved into oncoming traffic; it was assumed he had a heart attack. His strange, lyrical, elliptical books are hard to classify: part fiction, part autobiography, part travelogue, part philosophical exploration of memory and exile, they evoke the phantasmagorical worlds of Borges and Kafka. Sebald, who had won many literary prizes, was widely discussed as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in literature.
"[A] sober, delicate account of displacement, and a classic of its kind. Modest and remote, it resurrects older standards of behaviour, making most contemporary writing seem brash and immature. No book has pleased me more this year."
"A profound and original work of fiction....Sebald has created an end-of-century meditation that explores the most delicate, most painful, most nervously repressed and carefully concealed lesions of the last hundred years....Illuminatingly engaged with the history and literature of the modern era, Mr. Sebald's book gains power through its poetic obsessions with the past."
"Everything, it seems, is paid for....The bill comes around, our dreams send it. The German novelist and scholar W. G. Sebald has written a haunting and limitlessly suggestive book about the most terrible example in our memory. 'The Emigrants' is four narratives about the death that persists within survival. Each is about a German Jew who...escaped the Holocaust yet gradually succumbed to it years later, in his old age....[B]rilliant and somber..."
"[W]e are indebted to Michael Hulse, Sebald's translator (himself a poet), for allowing us to see, through the stained glass of his consummate Englishing, what must surely be the most delicately powerful German prose since Thomas Mann....Sebald's mourning bell is German, unmistakably German; when it tolls the hour, it is almost always 1944....So, in language sublime, Sebald is haunted by Jewish ghosts."
"[A] curious, mesmerising book, a hybrid of fiction and memoir which tells the life stories of four unhappy exiles....Short but momentous..."
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Editors Note Four narratives weave history and fiction together as refugees from the Holocaust remember their experiences
Annotation W. G. Sebald follows four Jewish exiles through their post-Holocaust lives in Europe and America. The characters are real people, including the author's great-uncle, but his treatment of them is a blend of fiction and fact, and includes photographs and artifacts of the period.
First Line At the end of September 1970, shortly before I took up my position in Norwich, I drove out to Hingham with Clara in search of somewhere to live. (Translated from the German by Michael Hulse.)
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0238
Publisher New Directions Publishing Corporation
Series Part 853

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