W. G. Sebald     Recommended by Alan    

The beguiling first novel by W. G. Sebald, one of the most enormously acclaimed European writers of our time. Part fiction, part travelogue, the narrator of this compelling masterpiece pursues his solitary, eccentric course from England to Italy and beyond, succumbing to the vertiginous unreliability of memory itself.

With its melancholy ambivalence – wading through biography and fiction and his interest in images through the text – his work to birthed a genre loved and practiced by such authors as Foer, Teju Cole and Geoff Dyer.

Now, the trilogy (Vertigo, The Emigrants and Rings of Saturn), have been republished by New Directions with covers by acclaimed designer Peter Mendelsund.

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