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The Emigrants

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At first "The Emigrants" appears simply to document the lives of four Jewish emigres in the twentieth century. But gradually, as Sebald's precise, almost dreamlike prose begins to draw their stories, the four narrations merge into one overwhelming evocation of exile and loss. Written with a bone-dry sense of humour and a fascination with the oddness of existence "The Emigrants" is highly original in its heady mix of fact, memory and fiction and photographs.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 22mm | 240g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 78
  • 0099448882
  • 9780099448884
  • 91,362

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"Strange, beautiful and terribly moving" A.S. Byatt "This deeply moving book shames most writers with its nerve and tact and wonder" Michael Ondaatje "An unconsoling masterpiece...It is exquisitely written and exquisitely translated...a true work of art" Spectator "A spellbinding account of four Jewish exiles. Its restrained and meditative tone has stayed with me all year" Nicholas Shakespeare "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" Anita Brookner, Spectatorshow more

About W. G. Sebald

W. G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgau, 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.show more

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'The writer who above all others transformed the ravaged lands and minds of post-war Europe into a scene of hauntings' Independent At first The Emigrants appears simply to document the lives of four Jewish émigrés in the twentieth century. But gradually, as Sebald's precise, almost dreamlike prose begins to draw their stories, the four narrations merge into one overwhelming evocation of exile and loss. Written with a bone-dry sense of humour and a fascination with the oddness of existence The Emigrants is highly original in its heady mix of fact, memory and fiction and photographs. 'One of the most innovative writers of the late twentieth century... It's as if the spirit of ruined Europe were speaking through him' Geoff Dyer, Guardian See also: Vertigoshow more

Review Text

"A spellbinding account of four Jewish exiles. Its restrained and meditative tone has stayed with me all year"show more

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3 14% (707)
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