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The Emergence of Memory: Conversations with W. G. Sebaldby Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Synopses & Reviews
W. G. Sebald was born in Germany in 1944. His novels — The Rings of Saturn, The Emigrants, Vertigo, and Austerlitz — have won a number of international awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Berlin Literature Prize, and the Literatur Nord Prize. He is also the author of three books of poems and a book-length essay. He died in December 2001.
Lynne Sharon Schwartz has authored fourteen works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as the widely acclaimed memoir Ruined by Reading. She won the PEN Renato Pogglioli Award for her translation from Italian of Liana Millu's Smoke Over Birkenau.
"Schwartz does a fine job of evoking this elusive author." Los Angeles Times
"If this interesting book of criticism and interviews introduces you to Sebald or encourages you to return to him, it will have served a noble purpose." The Jerusalem Post
"The great achievement of Sebald's work is that he makes it audible to his readers while still honoring the silence." Harper's Magazine
A portrait in conversations with one of the towering literary figures of our times.
When German author W. G. Sebald died in a car accident at the age of fifty-seven, the literary world mourned the loss of a writer whose oeuvre we were just beginning to appreciate. Through published interviews with and essays on Sebald, American novelist and translator Lynne Sharon Schwartz offers a profound portrait of the late author, who has been praised posthumously for his unflinching explorations of modern history, dislocation, and the role of memory. Includes essays from Charles Simic, Ruth Franklin, Michael Silverblatt, and others.
When German author W. G. Sebald died in a car accident at the age of fifty-seven, the literary world mourned the loss of a writer whose oeuvre it was just beginning to appreciate. Through published interviews with and essays on Sebald, award-winning translator and author Lynne Sharon Schwartz offers a profound portrait of the writer, who has been praised posthumously for his unflinching explorations of historical cruelty, memory, and dislocation.
With contributions from poet, essayist, and translator Charles Simic, New Republic editor Ruth Franklin, Bookworm radio host Michael Silverblatt, and more, The Emergence of Memory offers Sebalds own voice in interviews between 1997 up to a month before his death in 2001. Also included are cogent accounts of almost all of Sebalds books, thematically linked to events in the contributors own lives.
Contributors include Carole Angier, Joseph Cuomo, Ruth Franklin, Michael Hofmann, Arthur Lubow, Tim Parks, Michael Silverblatt, Charles Simic, and Eleanor Wachtel.
About the Author
LYNNE SHARON SCHWARTZ is the author of fourteen works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as the widely acclaimed memoir, Ruined by Reading. Her first novel, Rough Strife (1981), was shortlisted for a National Book Award and a PEN/Hemingway First Novel Award while her Leaving Brooklyn (1989) was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction. She won the 1991 PEN Renato Pogglioli Award for her translation from the Italian of Smoke Over Birkenau, by Liana Millu. Schwartz is a native and current New Yorker.
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