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Austerlitz By W. G. Sebald

Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald

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This is the true story of Jacque Austerlitz, sent to Wales on the last Kindertransport from Europe on the eve of the World War II. He is adopted by Welsh Calvanists who decide to remove any trace of his true origins. Eventually, he embarks on a journey that takes him back to pre-war Europe.

Austerlitz Summary

Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald

This is the real life story of Jacques Austerlitz who, at the age of five, came to London on one of the so-called kindertransports in the summer of 1939. Austerlitz is placed with foster parents in Wales, a childless couple who, for reasons of their own, erase in the boy all knowledge of his identity. Though he does, later on as an adult, have intimations of his otherness, Austerlitz, whose profession is that of an architectural historian, goes through life assiduously avoiding all clues that might point to his origins and to the fate of his true parents. It is only in his retirement that the past returns to haunt him and makes him explore what happened to him half a century ago, taking him back on a journey into the heart of Europe on the edge of war...the main locations of the book are Wales, London, Prague, various places in Belgium and Paris.

Austerlitz Reviews

'One of the most exciting, and most mysteriously sublime, of contemporary European writers' Guardian

About W. G. Sebald

W.G. Sebald was born in Germany in 1944. He lives in Norfolk and is the author of the highly acclaimed THE EMIGRANTS, THE RINGS OF SATURN and VERTIGO.

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Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald
Used - Very Good
Penguin Books Ltd
Winner of Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction 2002 Winner of Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2002 Short-listed for WH Smith Literary Prize 2002 Short-listed for Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize: Fiction 2002
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