Speak, Silence - In Search of W. G. Sebald

Author(s): Carole Angier

Biography & Memoir

The first biography of W. G. Sebald: a robust, intricate, landmark portrait of one of the most significant and lauded cultural figures of the twentieth century

W.G. Sebald was one of the most extraordinary and influential writers of the twentieth century. Through books includingThe Emigrants,AusterlitzandThe Rings of Saturn, he pursued an original literary vision that combined fiction, history, autobiography and photography and addressed some of the most profound themes of contemporary literature: the burden of the Holocaust, memory, loss and exile.

The first biography to explore his life and work,Speak, Silence pursues the true Sebald through the memories of those who knew him and through the work he left behind. This quest takes Carole Angier from Sebald's birth as a second-generation German at the end of the Second World War, through his rejection of the poisoned inheritance of the Third Reich, to his emigration to England, exploring the choice of isolation and exile that drove his work. It digs deep into a creative mind on the edge, finding profound empathy and paradoxical coldness, saving humour, and an elusive mix of fact and fiction in his life as well as work. The result is a unique, ferociously original portrait that pushes the boundaries of biography as its subject pushed the boundaries of fiction.


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  • : 9781526634795
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : 0.01
  • : August 2021
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  • : Carole Angier
  • : Hardback
  • : 528