A Place in the Country
The much anticipated translation of one of W. G. Sebald's most brilliant works
When W. G. Sebald travelled to Manchester in 1966, he packed in his bags certain literary favourites which would remain central to him throughout the rest of his life and during the years when he was settled in England. In A Place in the Country, he reflects on six of the figures who shaped him as a person and as a writer, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Jan Peter Tripp.
Fusing biography and essay, and finding, as ever, inspiration in place - as when he journeys to the Ile St. Pierre, the tiny, lonely Swiss island where Jean-Jacques Rousseau found solace and inspiration - Sebald lovingly brings his subjects to life in his distinctive, inimitable voice.
A Place in the Country is a window into the mind of this much loved and much missed writer.
Praise for A Place in the Country
When you read Sebald you are transported to another realm. Reading him is a truly sublime experienceLiterary Review
Where has one heard in English a voice of such confidence and precision, so direct in its expression of feeling, yet so respectfully devoted to recording "the real"?Susan Sontag, Times Literary Supplement
A new kind of writing, combining fiction, memoir, travelogue, philosophy and much else besides . . . greatness in literature is still possibleJohn Banville, Irish Times