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The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald
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Jul 19, 14

bookshelves: german-literature

Sebald, as ever, proves to be a master excavator and recorder of 20th century destruction. I found myself utterly wrapped up in the cold, clear appraisals of these four peoples lives and the giant, monstrous events which lurk just around them. The way he makes the past well up, seemingly out of nowhere is chilling. It might not have the same level of delirious cross resonances that the Rings of Saturn does, but The Emigrants is no less affecting. The voices he reclaims from the dark carry a humane, moral gravity all their own, and the images he includes throughout the text are haunting and wondrous in their simplicity.
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