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Sebald's own longing is for communion. En route to Ithaca (the real upstate New York location but also the symbolic one), he comes to feel "like a travelling companion of my neighbor in the next lane." After the car speeds away--"the children pulling clownish faces out of the rear window--I felt deserted and desolate for a time." Sebald's narrative is purposely moth-holed (butterfly-ridden, actually--there's a recurring Nabokov-with-a-net type), an escape from the prison-house of realism. According to the author, his Uncle Ambros's increasingly improbable tales were the result of "an illness which causes lost memories to be replaced by fantastic inventions." Luckily for us, Sebald seems to have inherited the same syndrome. --Kerry Fried
"The Emigrants" contains four cameos of Jews who left Germany during the thirties; two commit suicide, one dies under sedation in Ithaca, New York and the last one's demise... Read morePublished 19 days ago by John E. Drury
Although this book won numerous awards and is provided, in translation, in a poetic and, hence, lofty form, it is a challenge to connect its component parts until the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DR, critic at large
Sebald is one of the greatest, and should be read by every serious human being. He gives with respect and generosity a solid existence to his semi- fictional protagonists. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pamela friedland
If you translate Die Ausgewanderten as "The Emigrants," you lose the many shades of its meaning. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hung-Tak Lee
I really did not care for this. A bit too meandering and not quite thought provoking as much as languid and obscure. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thedoc
Like Sebald's other books they are simply an extraordinary example of writing and story telling. In particular, in this book he writes of the still unbelievable viciousness that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gerard Muller
This book should be read many times because there is so much in the book. It will change the reader and his or her perspective on the world.Published 8 months ago by Mary Ann Willoughby