A Place in the Country

A Place in the Country

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From the author of the critically-acclaimed "Austerlitz" and "Across the Land and Water comes". "A Place in the Country", the much anticipated translation of one of W.G. Sebald's most brilliant works. When W. G. Sebald, the prize-winning author of "Austerlitz", travelled to Manchester in 1966, he packed in his bags certain literary favourites which would remain central to him throughout the rest of his life and during the years when he was settled in England. In "A Place in the Country", he reflects on six of the figures who shaped him as a person and as a writer, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Jan Peter Tripp. Fusing biography and essay, and finding, as ever, inspiration in place - as when he journeys to the Ile St. Pierre, the tiny, lonely Swiss island where Jean-Jacques Rousseau found solace and inspiration - Sebald lovingly brings his subjects to life in his distinctive, inimitable voice. A "Place in the Country" is a window into the mind of this much loved and much missed writer. Praise for W.G. Sebald: "A new kind of writing, combining fiction, memoir, travelogue, philosophy and much else besides...greatness in literature is still possible". (John Banville, "Irish Times"). "When you read Sebald you are transported to another realm. Reading him is a truly sublime experience". ("Literary Review"). "Is literary greatness still possible? One of the few answers available to English-Language readers is the work of W.G. Sebald". (Susan Sontag). W.G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgau, Germany 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, and settled permanently in England in 1970. He was Professor of European Literature at the University of East Anglia, and the author of "Austerlitz"; "The Emmigrants", which won a series of major awards, including the Berlin Literature Prize, the Heinrich Boll Prize, the Heinrich Heine Prize and the Joseph Breitbach Prize.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 25mm | 408g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Hamish Hamilton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • With 4x 4pg. full-colour insets and b/w integrated photographs throughout
  • 0241144183
  • 9780241144183
  • 116,783

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When you read Sebald you are transported to another realm. Reading him is a truly sublime experience Literary Review Where has one heard in English a voice of such confidence and precision, so direct in its expression of feeling, yet so respectfully devoted to recording "the real"? -- Susan Sontag Times Literary Supplement A new kind of writing, combining fiction, memoir, travelogue, philosophy and much else besides ... greatness in literature is still possible -- John Banville Irish Timesshow more

About W. G. Sebald

W. G. Sebald is one of very few German writers of the last few decades to have attracted both a broad readership in the UK and an international following of journalists and scholars alike. He has proved a huge inspiration not just to younger writers but also to artists and photographers fascinated by the use of images in his work. His books include Austerlitz, The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, After Nature and, most recently, Across the Land and the Water.show more

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