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literary essays

A Place in the Country: On Gottfried Keller, Johann Peter Hebel, Robert Walser, and Others

 
 
Author
W.G. Sebald. Jo Catling, trans.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.45 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781400067718
Pages/Publication Date 215/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61566
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When W.G. Sebald—author of Austerlitz, The Emigrants, and Across the Land and the Water—traveled to Manchester in 1966, he packed in his bags certain literary favorites that would remain central to him during the years when he was settled in England and throughout the rest of his life. Fusing biography and essay, and finding, as ever, inspiration in place (as when he journeys to Île St. Pierre, the tiny, lonely Swiss island where Jean-Jacques Rousseau found solace and inspiration), Sebald reflects on six figures who shaped him as a person and as a writer, and lovingly brings his subjects to life.

"[Jo] Catling's translation will be welcomed by his fans. Catling taught with Sebald in the last decade of his life, and her flowing translation pays crucial attention to the prosody and contours of Sebald's sentences."—Publishers Weekly

"Sebald is that rare being: an inimitable stylist who creates extraordinary sentences that, like crystals, simultaneously refract and magnify meaning. This posthumous collection, a boon to Sebald admirers, is a series of tributes to writers and artists Sebald admired and felt affinity with. Though these pieces resemble literary criticism, they are a species of homage: reverential but without hyperbole. Except for Rousseau, few of Sebald's subjects are well known, but readers will feel enlightened and will newly appreciate the depths of respect writers have for their peers, even if those peers lived two centuries ago. All of Sebald's subjects had uneasy relations with their times and with themselves: 'Exile, as Gottfried Keller describes it, is a form of purgatory located just outside the world.' One does not have to leave home to feel bereft, and Sebald was the great contemporary master of this liminal territory."—Booklist

 
 
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