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Austerlitz (2001)

by W. G. Sebald

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In the summer of 1939, five-year-old Jacques Austerlitz is sent to England on one of the so-called Kindertransports and placed with foster parents in Wales. For reasons of their own, the childless Calvinist couple erase from the boy all knowledge of his identity. Austerlitz, who eventually becomes an architectural historian, goes through life assiduously avoiding all clues that might point to his origins and to the fate of his true parents. It is only in his retirement that the past returns to haunt him and makes him explore what happened to him half a century ago.… (more)
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    perodicticus: Sebald mentions Jacobson's book in the final pages of Austerlitz, and it's well worth a read.
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An excellent book - unique style. But ends a bit unresolved….
  MiriamL | Aug 28, 2021 |
every time i finish a book by sebald, i think "this one is the best" -- this time, i'm convinced it is. ( )
1 vote melanierisch | Oct 25, 2020 |
I listened to this book and I might have been lucky that I didn't read it as I guess the structure of the book is one of no paragraphs and has sentences that go on and on. One is seven pages long. Listening to the story, the narrator tells you in first person of his friendships with Austerlitz (a boy who was part of kindertransport) and sometimes it is Austerlitz first person story. Austerlitz did not know his story and by finally searching back he discovers his ties and how WWII impacted his life and his family life. It is a story of search for identity. Also noted by others is that time is a theme and water represents time. Also there are three times that Noah's ark is mentioned. This is W. G. Sebald's last book he wrote and the first one that I've read by the author. ( )
  Kristelh | Jun 9, 2020 |
"Austerlitz" is a wonderful exploration of memory and also identity. Austerlitz, the character, relays his story to the narrator, pictures are frequent in the novel and the whole form of the book acts as a sort of historical document. Sebald chooses to ruminate many times on the nature of memory and the assaults of the past that frequently assail Austerlitz are examples of the lack of control and consistency an individual has in the present. The prose is lucid, although it meanders at times, and grand in the descriptions of trauma and Austerlitz's accounts of his episode to the narrator. The one issue I did have was with the character of Austerlitz. There's a degree of emotional despondency that doesn't really get resolved in a way that one can fully relate to the character more quizzically observe as a sort of emotional oddity or living ghost. ( )
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
Some books are such gifts. This novel is one. It's not for everyone. Most of my book club didn't enjoy reading it. You need to be very patient with it because it's written in the form of one seeming digression after another. The digressions are incredible though. Many of them have to do with the way history reveals itself in ways that range far beyond books--in buildings, in monuments, in personal memories we share with one another in conversation. I could say this novel changed the way I think about history. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
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He is one of the most gripping writers imaginable. It's not the story so much that takes hold of the reader: it's the descriptions and the meditations, which can be hallucinatory in their effect. This is true of all his books, but in Austerlitz the proportion of rumination and evocation to narrative is larger than ever.
added by jburlinson | editNew York Review of Books, Gabriele Annan (pay site) (Nov 1, 2001)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sebald, W. G.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Charvát, RadovanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hengel, Ria vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krüger, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matthews, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vigliani, AdaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wood, JamesIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the second half of the 1960s I traveled repeatedly from England to Belgium, partly for study purposes, partly for other reasons which were never entirely clear to me, staying sometimes for just one or two days, sometimes for several weeks.
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Don't combine this title with Young Austerlitz which is merely an extract of the complete work.
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In the summer of 1939, five-year-old Jacques Austerlitz is sent to England on one of the so-called Kindertransports and placed with foster parents in Wales. For reasons of their own, the childless Calvinist couple erase from the boy all knowledge of his identity. Austerlitz, who eventually becomes an architectural historian, goes through life assiduously avoiding all clues that might point to his origins and to the fate of his true parents. It is only in his retirement that the past returns to haunt him and makes him explore what happened to him half a century ago.

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