At first "The Emigrants" appears simply to document the lives of four Jewish emigres in the twentieth century.
But gradually, as Sebald's precise, almost dreamlike prose begins to draw their stories, the four narrations merge into one overwhelming evocation of exile and loss.
Written with a bone-dry sense of humour and a fascination with the oddness of existence "The Emigrants" is highly original in its heady mix of fact, memory and fiction and photographs.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, 78
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/11/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099448884
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Review by TRHummer
This book is, in a minor key, what Sebald's Austerlitz is in a major key. It is a beautiful, moving book -- Cynthia Ozick describes it as "sublime," and I do not disagree. I would give Austerlitz ten stars; this one, then, is well worth the five I assign to it.