Books by W.G. Sebald

W. G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgäu, Germany, in 1944. He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland, and Manchester. He taught at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, for thirty years, becoming professor of Europ


A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY by W.G. Sebald
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"This last word from the novelist provides a nice footnote on his own writing."
The late German novelist's essays of appreciation for writers and artists whose influences pervade his work. Read full book review >
CAMPO SANTO by W.G. Sebald
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 8, 2005

"Sebald's body of work proves that claim true, and it's good to have these further products of his life-affirming imagination and spirit."
A miscellany of 16 literary and personal essays comprise the last testament of the late German-born author (1944–2001). Read full book review >
ON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF DESTRUCTION by W.G. Sebald
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 18, 2003

"Somber and moving: a contribution to the literature of WWII from a perspective that will be new to most American readers."
Interconnected essays from the recently deceased German novelist (Austerlitz, 2001, etc.) on his nation's capacity to cause, absorb, and forget suffering. Read full book review >
AUSTERLITZ by W.G. Sebald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Superbly translated, hypnotically written, a volume that requires and rewards slow, careful reading."
Another haunting mixture of history, memoir, and photo album from the author of The Rings of Saturn (1998) and Vertigo (2000). Read full book review >
VERTIGO by W.G. Sebald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2000

"For all its mystery and profundity, there's also much self-absorption in this traveler's tale, and its tone must be overcome occasionally to appreciate where the story is going."
The predecessor to Sebald's two acclaimed novels of history, memory, and melancholy—The Rings of Saturn (1998) and The Emigrants (1996)—is a lesser, more autobiographical work, yet it moves in elegant, unanticipated ways across time, the landscapes of Europe, and into the depths of human experience. Read full book review >
THE RINGS OF SATURN by W.G. Sebald
Released: May 29, 1998

"Erudition of this sort is too rare in American fiction, but the hypnotic appeal here has as much to do with Sebald's deft portrait of the subtle, complex relations between individual experience and the rich human firmament that gives it meaning as it does with his remarkable mastery of history."
Like his much praised novel The Emigrants (1996), this new work by Sebald is steeped in melancholy. Read full book review >
THE EMIGRANTS by W.G. Sebald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 1996

"The pervasive melancholy in these lives that are locked in tragedy is formidable, but at the same time the lyricism and immediacy of the narratives are marvelous to behold: a profound and moving work that should leave no reader unaffected."
 An evocative work by a prize-winning German author, now England-based, consists of four distinct stories of Jewish emigration over the last century: in each piece, not only the personal drama but the zeitgeist of the occasion is cannily, compellingly revealed. Read full book review >