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The Emigrants

The Emigrants

The Emigrants

The Emigrants By W.G. Sebald
Translated by Michael Hulse

“If you are completely new to Sebald, you should probably start with his early masterpiece, The Emigrants.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

The Emigrants is that terrifyingly rare and wonderful thing: a unique masterpiece...”—Thomas McGonigle, Chicago Tribune

“W.G. Sebald has written an astonishing masterpiece: it seems perfect while being unlike any book one has ever read. Bewitching in its subtlety, sublime in its directness and in the grandeur of its subject. The Emigrants is an irresistable book.”—Susan Sontag

A masterwork of W. G. Sebald, now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund 

The four long narratives in The Emigrants appear at first to be the straightforward biographies of four Germans in exile. Sebald reconstructs the lives of a painter, a doctor, an elementary-school teacher, and Great Uncle Ambrose. Following (literally) in their footsteps, the narrator retraces routes of exile which lead from Lithuania to London, from Munich to Manchester, from the South German provinces to Switzerland, France, New York, Constantinople, and Jerusalem. Along with memories, documents, and diaries of the Holocaust, he collects photographs―the enigmatic snapshots which stud The Emigrants and bring to mind family photo albums. Sebald combines precise documentary with fictional motifs, and as he puts the question to realism, the four stories merge into one unfathomable requiem.

240 pages
New Directions; Tra edition, 2016
Originally Published in 1992
5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
ISBN 9780811226141
Historical Fiction, Travel

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