Farewell Book Club #20 : 'Austerlitz' W.G. Sebald

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Farewell Book Club #20:
'AUSTERLITZ' by W.G. Sebald

Join us Sunday evening, May 8th at 7 PM, for Farewell Book Club #20. We will host a friendly and casual discussion for W.G. Sebald's novel 'Austerlitz' Beverages may be available but please feel free to BYOB or BYOsnack :o)

Copies of 'Austerlitz' are available for purchase at Farewell Books.

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 / 7 PM
Farewell Books
913 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Free & Open to the public


W.G. Sebald

From one of the undisputed masters of world literature, a haunting novel of sublime ambition and power about a man whose fragmentary memories of a lost childhood lead him on a quest across Europe in search of his heritage.

Jacques Austerlitz is a survivor – rescued as a child from the Nazi threat. In the summer of 1939 he arrives in Wales to live with a Methodist minister and his wife. As he grows up, they tell him nothing of his origins, and he reaches adulthood with no understanding of where he came from. Late in life, a sudden memory brings him the first glimpse of his origins, launching him on a journey into a family history that has been buried.

The story of Jacques Austerlitz unfolds over the course of a 30-year conversation that takes place in train stations and travellers’ stops across England and Europe. In Jacques Austerlitz, Sebald embodies the universal human search for identity, the struggle to impose coherence on memory, a struggle complicated by the mind’s defences against trauma. Along the way, this novel of many riches dwells magically on a variety of subjects – railway architecture, military fortifications, insects, plants and animals, the constellations, works of art, a small circus and the three cities that loom over the book, London, Paris and Prague – in the service of its astounding vision

W.G. SEBALD was born in Wertach im Allgau, 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 previously translated 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 Literatur Nord Prize. He died in December 2001.

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