After Sebald: Essays and Illuminations – edited by Jon Cook
Over a decade after his death W.G. Sebald remains a major presence in world literature. He has a devoted readership in many different countries. This lively and accessible collection offers a series of different illuminations on why Sebald’s work continues to fascinate. Follow Ali Smith as she gets loosed in the translation of his work. Discover with Robert Macfarlane the arguments for and against Sebald’s reputation. Find out from Will Self why British readers might find him a “good German”. Think with John Coetzee about the recurrent psychological crisis that haunts Sebald’s imagination. These are just a few of the many discoveries, insights, and imaginative responses that this collection offers its readers. This is the book that readers of Sebald, new or old, need to take with them as they journey through his work. It speaks of and to the different experiences involved in reading Sebald, whether responding to the relation between word and image, or the question of what can and cannot be remembered, or the resonant character of voice and voices, or the strange networks and connections that make up Sebald’s texts. And then there are personal memories by Tess Jaray of working with Sebald, Tacita Dean’s own version of Sebaldian connectedness and an enigmatic memorial by Richard Long.