Title: Austerlitz
Authors: Sebald, W G
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 415
Year: 2001
Language: English
Description: Over a period of thirty years, architectural historian Jacques Austerlitz, tells the story of his life to an anonymous narrator. Transported out of Czechoslovakia via Kindertransport on the eve of World War II, he was adopted by Welsh Calvinists who destroyed all traces of his identity. Sebald combines fiction, memoir, travelogue and philosophy to create a very visual insight into the role of memory and remembering. Translated from German. National Book Critic’s Circle Award for Fiction, 2001; the Berlin Literature Prize; Literature Nord Prize, 2001, and the LA Times Book Award.

Comments from Groups:

Well written, a struggle for some, but an interesting discussion which made it worthwhile - that is what makes a book group. Ngarb 001

A wonderful book, provoked much comment. Beautifully written and after initial challenges with the style actually very satisfying to read. Auckland 164

A challenging read. Wellington 165

Categories: Fiction, Literary, War theme


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By: TAUP 005 2019-03-25 12:45:39
The style of writing of this book found merit with members, but a greater number didn't enjoy the read. Many found it melancholic with an incomplete end. A minority were impressed with its philosophical approach.

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