By W. G. Sebald
“W. G. Sebald exemplified the easiest type of cosmopolitan literary intelligence–humane, digressive, deeply erudite, unassuming and tinged with depression. . . . In [Campo Santo] Sebald finds his precise tone, as his winding sentences steadily mingle jointly interest and plangency, studying and self-revelation. . . . [Readers will] be rewarded with unforeseen illuminations.”
–The Washington submit e-book World
This ultimate selection of essays by way of W. G. Sebald bargains profound ruminations on many topics universal to his work–the energy of reminiscence and private historical past, the connections among pictures within the arts and existence, the presence of ghosts in locations and artifacts. a few of these items pay tribute to the Mediterranean island of Corsica, weaving elegiacally among prior and current, analyzing, between different issues, the island’s formative impact on its most renowned citizen, Napoleon. In others, Sebald examines how the works of Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll demonstrate “the grave and lasting deformities within the emotional lives” of postwar Germans; how Kafka echoes Sebald’s personal curiosity in spirit presences between mortal beings; and the way literature could be an try at restitution for the injustices of the genuine world.
Dazzling in its erudition, available in its deep emotion, Campo Santo confirms Sebald’s prestige as one of many nice smooth writers who divined and expressed the invisible connections that verify our lives.
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Campo Santo (Modern Library Paperbacks) by W. G. Sebald