Campo Santo

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Campo Santo

W.G. Sebald


Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

When W.G. Sebald died tragically in 2001 a unique voice was silenced. “Campo Santo” is a collection of the pieces he left behind - none of them previously published in book form - which provide a powerful insight into the themes that came to dominate his life. Four pieces pay tribute to Corsica, weaving elegiacally between past and present. Sebald also examines the works of writers such as Kafka, Nabokov, and Gunter Grass, showing both how literature can provide restitution for the injustices of the world and how such literature came to have so great an influence on him. “Campo Santo” is a fitting memorial to W.G. Sebald, who himself studied the shifting nature of memory and time with such sensitivity. “A precious addition to the canon”. (“Independent”). “Will come to be seen as indispensable to an understanding of his work”. (“Sunday Times”). ""Full of a sense of liberation and lightness ...these [pieces] abound in energy and work the authentic Sebaldian magic"". (“Literary Review”). “We have become suspicious, rightly, of claims for literary greatness, but in Sebald's case the claim was triumphantly justified. He was, he is, the real thing”. (John Banville, “Guardian”).“Sebald was probably the greatest intellect and voice of the late twentieth century”. (Anthony Beevor, “The Times”). “A writer whose explorations of time and memory make him arguably the closest author modern European letters has to rival Borges”. (“Sunday Times”). W.G. Sebald was born in Germany in 1944 and settled permanently in England in 1970, where he was Professor of European Literature at the University of East Anglia until his death in 2001. He is the author of four works of fiction: “The Emigrants”, which won the Berlin Literature Prize, the Heinrich Heine Prize, and the Joseph Breitbach Prize; “The Rings of Saturn”; “Vertigo”; and “Austerlitz”, which was awarded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Alongside this stand books of poetry “For Years Now”, “After Nature”, “Unrecounted”, and “Across the Land and the Water”, and the non-fiction books “On the Natural History of Destruction” and “Campo Santo”.

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