By W. G. Sebald, Anthea Bell
Over the process a thirty-year dialog unfolding in educate stations and tourists’ stops throughout England and Europe, W.G. Sebald’s unnamed narrator and Jacques Austerlitz talk about Austerlitz’s ongoing efforts to appreciate who he's. An orphan who got here to England on my own in the summertime of 1939 and was once raised by means of a Welsh Methodist minister and his spouse as their very own, Austerlitz grew up with out wakeful reminiscence of the place he got here from.
W.G. Sebald embodies in Austerlitz the common human look for identification, the fight to impose coherence on reminiscence, a fight complex by means of the mind’s defenses opposed to trauma. alongside the best way, this novel of many riches dwells magically on numerous subjects–railway structure, army fortifications; insets, crops, and animals; the constellations; artistic endeavors; the unusual contents of the museum of a veterinary tuition; a small circus; and the 3 capital towns that loom over the e-book, London, Paris, and Prague–in the provider of its spectacular imaginative and prescient.
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The model Leopold had recommended to his architects was the new railway station of Lucerne, where he had been particularly struck by the concept of the dome,* so dramatically exceeding the usual modest height of railway buildings, a concept realized by Delacenserie in his own design, which was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, in such stupendous fashion that even today, said Austerlitz, exactly as the architect intended, when we step into the entrance hall we are seized by a sense of being beyond the profane, in a cathedral consecrated to international traffic and trade.
G. Sebald. For Mr. ” —The Wall Street Journal Contents Cover Title Page Introduction First Page About the Author Copyright INTRODUCTION JAMES WOOD In the summer of 1967, a man who remains unnamed but who resembles the author W. G. Sebald, is visiting Belgium. At the Centraal Station in Antwerp, he sees a fellow traveler, with fair, curiously wavy hair, who is wearing heavy walking boots, workman’s trousers made of blue calico, and a well-made but antiquated jacket. He is intently studying the room and taking notes.
In the very area of historical writing and historical memory most pledged to the sanctity of accuracy, of testimony and fatal fact, Sebald launches his audacious campaign: his use of photographs relies on, and plays off, the tradition of verity and reportage. ” We are lulled into staring at these photographs and saying to ourselves: “There is Jacques Austerlitz, dressed in his cape. ” We say this, in part because photographs make us want to say this, but also because Sebald mixes these photographs of people with his undeniably accurate and veridical photographs of buildings (for instance, the photograph of the Breendonk prison, in Belgium, where Jean Améry was tortured by the Nazis, and which the narrator visits, is a photograph of the actual building).
Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald, Anthea Bell