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  • Published: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241984482
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

Austerlitz




Sebald's heartbreaking and profound masterpiece of a man's journey through European history, published as an Essential for the first time

In 1939, five-year-old Jacques Austerlitz is sent to England on a Kindertransport and placed with foster parents. This childless couple promptly erase from the boy all knowledge of his identity and he grows up ignorant of his past. Later in life, after a career as an architectural historian, Austerlitz - having avoided all clues that might point to his origin - finds the past returning to haunt him and he is forced to explore what happened fifty years before.

  • Published: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241984482
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

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Praise for Austerlitz

Anyone with a serious interest in fiction should read Sebald

John Lanchester, Daily Telegraph

A work of obvious genius and an extraordinary writer way above most of his contemporaries

Literary Review

His tale of one man's odyssey through the dark ages of European history is one of the most moving and true fictions on the postwar world. Sebald is the Joyce of the 21st century

The Times

W.G. Sebald, the greatest writer of our time

Peter Carey

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