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Vertigo - W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Vertigo
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The beguiling first novel by W. G. Sebald, one of the most enormously acclaimed European writers of our time.Vertigo, W. G. Sebald's first novel, never before translated into English, is perhaps his most amazing and certainly his most alarming. Sebald—the acknowledged master of memory's... show more
The beguiling first novel by W. G. Sebald, one of the most enormously acclaimed European writers of our time.Vertigo, W. G. Sebald's first novel, never before translated into English, is perhaps his most amazing and certainly his most alarming. Sebald—the acknowledged master of memory's uncanniness—takes the painful pleasures of unknowability to new intensities in Vertigo. Here in their first flowering are the signature elements of Sebald's hugely acclaimed novels The Emigrants and The Rings of Saturn. An unnamed narrator, beset by nervous ailments, is again our guide on a hair-raising journey through the past and across Europe, amid restless literary ghosts—Kafka, Stendhal, Casanova. In four dizzying sections, the narrator plunges the reader into vertigo, into that "swimming of the head," as Webster's defines it: in other words, into that state so unsettling, so fascinating, and so "stunning and strange," as The New York Times Book Review declared about The Emigrants, that it is "like a dream you want to last forever."
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780811214858 (0811214850)
ASIN: 811214850
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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M Sarki
M Sarki rated it
It seemed remarkable to me the ease in which I sped through this book. Not that I understood it all, I did not. Even though the translation I read was in English, the writing still felt foreign to me. The words for people and places, and even things, were unfamiliar, and from time to time I would...
To Read Is to Fly
To Read Is to Fly rated it
4.0
Throughout Vertigo, W.G. Sebald, through deceptively clear prose and photographs, creates a disorienting waking dream for his readers. The novel is divided into four sections, and while there is not a straightforward plot or clear storyline, Sebald weaves thematic connections as well as specific det...
AC
AC rated it
Interesting, charming in part, tiresome in part. I look foward to reading more, however
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous rated it
0.0
Only read a piece of this for a class, so I don't feel comfortable reviewing it yet. Maybe I'll read the whole thing when I'm out of school--it's pretty weird.
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