Through books like The Emigrants and Austerlitz, W.G. Sebald (1944-0201) combined fiction, history, autobiography, and photography to address such profound themes as the Holocaust, memory, and exile. The man himself can easily disappear behind his seemingly truthful literary works, and so Carole Angier pursues Sebald through the memories of those who knew him and through the work he left behind, tracing his rejection of German hubris, his emigration to England, his remarkable literary career, and accidental death.
"Enlightening…. An apt assessment of a singular artist."—Minneapolis Star Tribune