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W. G. Sebald (1944–2001)

Autor(a) de Austerlitz

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About the Author

He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland and Manchester. He has taught at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England since 1970. He became a professor of European literature in 1987. From 1989 to 1994 was the first director of the British Centre for Literary mostrar mais Translation. He was born in Wertach in Allgau, Germany in 1944. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de W. G. Sebald

Austerlitz (2001) 4,194 cópias, 100 resenhas
The Rings of Saturn (1995) 3,353 cópias, 79 resenhas
The Emigrants (1992) 2,492 cópias, 47 resenhas
Vertigo (1990) 1,653 cópias, 25 resenhas
On the Natural History of Destruction (1999) 1,078 cópias, 16 resenhas
Campo Santo (2003) 518 cópias, 9 resenhas
After Nature (1988) 488 cópias, 5 resenhas
A Place in the Country (1998) 367 cópias, 10 resenhas
Unrecounted (2003) 161 cópias, 4 resenhas
For Years Now (2001) 61 cópias, 1 resenha
Young Austerlitz (2005) 56 cópias

Associated Works

The Tanners (1985) — Introdução, algumas edições474 cópias, 13 resenhas
Granta 68: Love Stories (1999) — Contribuinte — 153 cópias, 1 resenha
Air Raid (2008) — Posfácio — 44 cópias
Ralph Doughby's Esq. Brautfahrt (2006) — Contribuinte, algumas edições7 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



Our anonymous narrator transcribes the extraordinarily articulate narration of Austerlitz, a refugee adopted as a young child in Wales in the early part of WW2. Austerlitz only learns of his origins, and only vaguely, when his last parent dies. As he tells his story to our narrator, we learn of his despair and inability to be close to anyone or anything, and his search for his past. Star shaped buildings and stars themselves play a role that I didn’t quite grasp. As Austerlitz slowly pieces together his past we learn of the holocaust and the complicity of peoples across Europe in its execution.
This was related, but very distinct to the two other novels by Sebald I’ve read, Rings of Saturn and Vertigo. Both of those were essentially travelogs where you learn about the nature of memory from tales of the past rooted in the present. Austerlitz shared some elements, such as the nature of memory, but the third party narration makes it less like you are hearing Sebald in your head, with its wonderful quirkiness. It is excellent, and heartbreaking, but not quite as good as the other two.
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diveteamzissou | outras 99 resenhas | Apr 3, 2024 |
Austerlitz es una novela del escritor alemán W. G. Sebald, publicada en 2001, donde se relata la historia de un hombre sin pasado, sin patria ni idioma, que se siente como un intruso en todos los lugares.

La novela comienza en la estación de Amberes, donde el narrador se encuentra por primera vez con el protagonista de la obra, y es ahí donde comienza a fraguarse la relación entre ambos, unas veces más íntima y otras más distante. A través de encuentros casuales o acordados entre el narrador y el protagonista, Jacques Austerlitz, se va revelando poco a poco la historia del viajero solitario.

Austerlitz, niño judío refugiado en la década de 1940, llegó a Gales, donde se crio en la casa de un predicador y su mujer, personas mayores y tristes. Después de crecer largos años en un ambiente solitario, conoce su verdadero origen, lo que le hace sentirse como un extraño.

La novela, escrita en frases largas y complejas, que recuerdan el estilo de Thomas Mann, resulta ser un viaje por la historia de Europa desde el capitalismo y la industrialización, pasando por los desastres del siglo xx: la persecución y el éxodo de los judíos, sobre todo. Gira en torno a la búsqueda de la identidad, el recuerdo y el relato, que permiten saberse perteneciente a una comunidad, escapando del desarraigo que sufre Austerlitz.
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aliexpo | outras 99 resenhas | Mar 21, 2024 |
an sich gut, aber sehr anstrengend zu lesen aufgrund der fehlenden Kapiteleinteilung und des repetitiven Satzbaus
knethake | outras 99 resenhas | Mar 8, 2024 |
This was a very original, unusual and captivating book and my first venture into Sebald. The narrator takes us on a walking tour around Suffolk county on the east coast of England, while giving us a history lesson in related local and foreign events and sharing with us his inner thoughts and reflections. The text is interspersed with bad grainy photos, which makes the whole experience very sureal. He finds a seamless way of bridging between his perception of the physical surroundings and his musings on historical topics, whether it’s the decline of the local seaside economy, Sir Thomas Browne’s skull, Joseph Conrad and Roger Casement, the demise of the local herring industry, or sericulture in Norwich. His diversity of topics is never muddled and Sebald finds a natural almost dreamlike way to beautifully transition from one topic to the next. It’s almost like a tour of his mind.

His central theme seems to be somewhat nostalgic and poignant, one of decay, nothing is permanent and ultimately everything dies:

“ ... nothing endures, in Thomas Browne’s view. On every new thing there lies already the shadow of annihilation. ... There is no antidote, he writes, against the opium of time ... Dunwich, with its towers and many thousand souls, has dissolved into water, sand and thin air.”

Sebald’s lyrical prose has a poetic ring to it and is some of the most enjoyable I have read in a long time.

“And yet, what would we be without memory? We would not be capable of ordering even the simplest thoughts, the most sensitive heart would lose the ability to show affection, our existence would be a mere never-ending chain of meaningless moments, and there would not be the faintest trace of a past.”

I really enjoyed this book. Despite the unusual narrative and seemingly endless range of topics, I was fully immersed and never bored. It just naturally flows. Highly recommended.

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amurray914 | outras 78 resenhas | Feb 27, 2024 |



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