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W.G. Sebald

Writers and Readers, Pens and Texts: An Exhortation for Historians to Read W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz

Guest post by Brad Baranowski*University of Wisconsin-MadisonThe late W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitzis that rare sort of book that one ought not read with a pen in hand but will probably have to nonetheless. This is not because the book is in need of a good critical thrashing or that its development is so hard to follow that one must map out its twists and turns in the margins; on the contrary, Sebald draws everything to the fore in the most illustrative and radiant way: by hiding the core themes of the book right in plain sight. Along the way, Read more