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W.G. Sebald
W.G. Sebald

Photo © 2001 Isolde Ohlbaum

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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 European literature in 1987, and from 1989 to 1994 was the first director of the British Centre for Literary Translation. His books The Rings of Saturn, The Emigrants, Vertigo, and Austerlitz have won a number of international awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Berlin Literature Prize, and the LiteraTour Nord Prize. He... Read More

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Across the Land and the Water
Selected Poems, 1964-2001
Written by W.G. Sebald
Translated by Iain Galbraith


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $14.00

“A splendid addition to an already extraordinary oeuvre.”—Teju Cole, The New Yorker

German-born W. G. Sebald is best known as the innovative author of Austerlitz, the prose classic of World War II culpability and conscience that put its author in the company of Nabokov, Calvino, and Borges. Now comes the first major... Read more >
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Across the Land and the Water
Selected Poems, 1964-2001
Written by W.G. Sebald
Translated by Iain Galbraith


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $9.99

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After Nature

Written by W.G. Sebald


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $15.00

After Nature, W. G. Sebald’s first literary work, now translated into English by Michael Hamburger, explores the lives of three men connected by their restless questioning of humankind’s place in the natural world. From the efforts of each, “an order arises, in places beautiful and comforting, though more cruel, too, than... Read more >
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After Nature

Written by W.G. Sebald


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 7, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Austerlitz

Written by W.G. Sebald
Introduction by James Wood


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $17.00

This tenth anniversary edition of W. G. Sebald’s celebrated masterpiece includes a new Introduction by acclaimed critic James Wood. Austerlitz is the story of a man’s search for the answer to his life’s central riddle. A small child when he comes to England on a Kindertransport in the summer of 1939... Read more >
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Austerlitz

Written by W.G. Sebald
Introduction by James Wood


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Campo Santo

Written by W.G. Sebald


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $15.00

This final collection of essays by W. G. Sebald offers profound ruminations on many themes common to his work–the power of memory and personal history, the connections between images in the arts and life, the presence of ghosts in places and artifacts. Some of these pieces pay tribute to the Mediterranean... Read more >
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Campo Santo

Written by W.G. Sebald


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 19, 2011
Price: $7.99

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On the Natural History of Destruction

Written by W.G. Sebald
Translated by Anthea Bell


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 17, 2004
Price: $16.00

During World War II, 131 German cities and towns were targeted by Allied bombs, a good number almost entirely flattened. Six hundred thousand German civilians died—a figure twice that of all American war casualties. Seven and a half million Germans were left homeless. Given the astonishing scope of the devastation, W... Read more >
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On the Natural History of Destruction

Written by W.G. Sebald


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $11.99

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A Place in the Country

Written by W.G. Sebald
Translated by Jo Catling


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 18, 2014
Price: $26.00

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A Place in the Country

Written by W.G. Sebald
Translated by Jo Catling


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 18, 2014
Price: $13.99

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