The Emigrants, W.G. Sebald

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28DL Full Member
Oct 15, 2009
One of the most amazing books I read last year, or in any other year. Sebald's primary subject is a variety of migratory journeys made by Jewish exiles in the 20th Century. Woven into this is a stunning, mesmeric investigation of loss itself. Part of the way this is achieved is through the use of abandonments as a corollary for the loss experienced by the novel's characters.

Sebald's descriptions, firstly, of a decaying Kirkbride in New England, and secondly, of the deterioration of the industrial heartlands around Manchester, are deep, tremendous and awesome.

I'd recommend this book to anyone, but these sequences in particular should be especially interesting to 28DL's members...