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5.0 out of 5 stars
Man and boy reunited, 19 Oct 2012
Most of the time you can discount cover hype on books as over-excitable PR guff but when you read here about "genius", a "Joyce for the 21st century" and "literary greatness" then, take it from me, in this case it's all justified. An unidentified narrator meets Austerlitz and over the years, as they keep bumping into each other, hears of the eponymous protagonist's voyage back in time to his Czech childhood and flight from the Nazis to a loveless preacher's household in Wales. Photographs and illustrations gild what is in essence a superbly written and translated meditation on the root of identity and the way it structures our perception and our lives. Put like that it sounds arch and arty but this is the real deal, Proust for the modern age, and writing doesn't get much more mesmerically brilliant than this.