Synopses & Reviews
Austerlitz, the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the most gripping writers imaginable (The New York Review of Books), is the story of a man's search for the answer to his life's central riddle. A small child when he comes to England on a Kindertransport in the summer of 1939, one Jacques Aus-terlitz is told nothing of his real family by the Welsh Methodist minister and his wife who raise him. When he is a much older man, fleeting memories return to him, and obeying an instinct he only dimly understands, he follows their trail back to the world he left behind a half century before. There, faced with the void at the heart of twentieth-century Europe, he struggles to rescue his heritage from oblivion.
The real life story of Jacques Austerlitz who, at the age of 5, came to London on one of the so-called kinder-transports in the summer of 1939. After a lifetime avoiding his past, it finally returns to haunt him - forcing him to explore what happened to him half a century previously.
A highly acclaimed piece of work from the late novelist and academic, which was one of the literary publishing events of 2001, and which was selected as Book of the Year by a number of key authors and reviewers, such as John Banville, Alain de Botton, Boyd Tonkin and Anita Brookner. An epic study of wartime and childhood from an author widely regarded as one of Europe's finest, whose life was tragically cut short by a motorcycle accident in December, 2001.