W. G. Sebald

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W. G. Sebald

Writers and Their Work


August 17th, 2018

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W. G. Sebald was a literary phenomenon: a German literary scholar working in England, who took up creative writing out of dissatisfaction with German post-war letters. Within only a few years, his unique prose books made him one of the most celebrated authors of the late twentieth-century. Sebald died prematurely, aged 57, after the publication of his most celebrated prose fiction Austerlitz. This accessible critical introduction, written by a leading expert, highlights Sebald’s double role as writer and academic. It discusses his oeuvre in the order in which his works were published in German in order to offer a deeper understanding of the original development of his literary writings. In addition to concise but incisive interpretations of the main publications, Schütte demonstrates how Sebald’s critical writings (most of which still await translation) fed into his literary texts and concludes his study with a perceptive assessment of Sebald as a cult author.

'Schütte’s book is now the place to start with one’s study of Sebald... It seems so simple, doesn’t it—summarize an author’s life, books, and impact in 130 pages? Schütte makes this look easy, which is a credit to the clarity of his writing and critical thinking.'


Author Information

Uwe Schütte is Reader in German at Aston University. He has published numerous articles, essays and reviews on German-language literature and popular music and twenty books (mainly in German) on German language and literature including four on W G Sebald and his work.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
List of Illustrations7
Biographical Outline10
Abbreviations and References14
1 W. G. Sebald: Emigrant and Academic16
2 After Nature (1988)45
3 Vertigo (1990)57
4 The Emigrants (1992)72
5 The Rings of Saturn (1995)87
6 Austerlitz (2001)103
7 The Cult of Sebald121
Primary Bibliography138
Select Bibliography139