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The Emergence of Memory: Conversations with W. G. Sebaldby Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Synopses & Reviews
“The novelist and translator Lynne Sharon Schwartz has carefully rendered these subtle currents of belief and sensibility, moving always beneath an airy conversational style, in dexterous prose.”—Virginia Quarterly Review on A Place to Live and other selected essays by Natalia Ginzburg
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 pieces culled from essays, interviews, and reviews, award-winning translator and author Lynn Sharon Schwartz offers a profound portrait of the late Sebald, who has been praised posthumously for his unflinching explorations of historical cruelty, memory, and dislocation in post-Nazi Europe. 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 Sebald’s own voice in interviews between 1997 up to a month before his death in 2001. Also included are cogent accounts of almost all of Sebald’s 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.
Lynne Sharon Schwartz is the author of nineteen works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir. She has been nominated for the National Book Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and she won the PEN Renato Poggioli Award for Translation in 1991.
About the Author
Lynne Sharon Schwartz: 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 novel Leaving Brooklyn (1989) was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction. Schwartz is a native and current New Yorker. Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. Since 1967 he has published twenty books of his poetry, seven books of essays, a memoir, and numerous poetry translations. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and the MacArthur Fellowship. He is the poetry editor of The Paris Review. Ruth Franklin has been an editor at The New Republic since 1999. Her criticism also appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, Slate, and other publications. She is currently at work on a book about literature and the Holocaust.
Table of Contents
The hunter / by Tim Parks — Ghost hunter / by Eleanor Wachtel — Who is W.G. Sebald? / by Carole Angier — A poem of an invisible subject / by Michael Silverblatt — A chilly extravagance / by Michael Hofmann — A conversation with W.G. Sebald / by Joseph Cuomo — Rings of smoke / by Ruth Franklin — Conspiracy of silence / by Charles Simic — Crossing boundaries / by Arthur Lubow.
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