"A masterpiece."—Richard Eder, The New York Times.Published to enormous critical acclaim in the US, The Emigrants has been acclaimed as "one of the best novels to appear since World War II" (Review of Contemporary Fiction) and three times chosen as the 1996 International Book of the Year. The... show more
"A masterpiece."—Richard Eder, The New York Times.Published to enormous critical acclaim in the US, The Emigrants has been acclaimed as "one of the best novels to appear since World War II" (Review of Contemporary Fiction) and three times chosen as the 1996 International Book of the Year. The poignant and acclaimed novel about the beauty of lost things, while the protagonist traces the lives of four elderly German/Jewish exiles. The Emigrants is composed of four long narratives which at first appear to be the straightforward accounts of the lives of several Jewish exiles in England, Austria, and America. The narrator literally follows their footsteps, studding each story with photographs and creating the impression that the reader is poring over a family album. But gradually, Sebald's prose, which combines documentary description with almost hallucinatory fiction, exerts a new magic, and the four stories merge into one. Illustrated throughout with enigmatic photographs.
Publish date: September 17th 1997
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Pages no: 237
Edition language: English
This was such a pleasing read for me. Sebald was a special talent. I am looking forward to reading the two remaining unread titles in his oeuvre that includes Rings of Saturn and Austerlitz.
I'll have to do more research before Thursday, or I'll only complain about the most boring narrator(s)? ever. It's a fairly short book book about people monologuing to each other and/or to the reader endlessly. Wow, just glanced at the other reviews and now I feel bad. But while there was nice descr...
The Emigrants fits perfectly with what I've read of Sebald's oeuvre. Through four biographical portraits, Sebald explores the experiences of people who have left, or been made to leave, their homelands. The narrator describes how the four have come into his life, how he came to hear their stories, o...