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The Emergence of Memory: Conversations with W.G. Sebald by [Sebald, W.G.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 1 edition (4 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003R7KZXA
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By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2008
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When W G Sebald died in a car accident in 2001, after publishing just four books, his readers felt both a huge sense of loss, and also a sense of irony, that such a melancholic, perceptive writer should have come to an end quite so synchronistic with his writings. It seemed so appropriate that his disjointed, somehow incomplete literary wanderings should come to an abrupt end, leaving so many questions hanging in the wind. All great works of literature either found a genre or dissolve one (Walter Benjamin, quoted in the book under review), and Sebald's books are quite unique, baring a resemblance to nothing which has gone before, and almost certainly being followed by no book quite like them. Sebald creates thoughts in us which are entirely our own, as though discovering something which has always been there, but unrecognised until the convoluted prose of Sebald has penetrated into out own depths to release something precious from its swirling eddies.

For those who still hunger after more Sebald, this book fits the bill very well. A collection of essays and interviews with Sebald, it fills in many gaps, offering assistance to those who ask the questions:

- Are these novels or reflective travelogues?
- Are the characters Sebald meets real or imagined (or perhaps composite)?
- Who is the narrator?
- What is the meaning of the photographs?
- Are the photographs genuine illustrations of the events in the books?
- What is the relationship of the books to the Holocaust?

Sebald gave several in-depth interviews, the transcriptions of which are included in this book, and he seemed quite happy to talk about his work, its meaning and its influences.
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This book of interviews and essays complements Sebald's work really well. It is not just an advertising/publishing piece of marketing but it examines different aspects of his work, and not always in a complimentary way. As an admirer of Sebald, I can recommend the book to people who have already read at least some of his works. It isn't an introduction to him, rather an afterword to his life's work.
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I have yet to finish this book. It is a good read for those who have read a lot of W G Sebald as the interviews put a little more definition to the background of story and writer.
I found the transcriptions of interviews with the writer enjoyable as I did the introduction. One or two of those critiquing Sebald were, I felt, in a personal competition to be more clever than the author.
I would recommend this book
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If you have read even just one of Sabald's works this book is a worthwhile read, revealing the degree of "reality" in his novels and putting the correct distance between Sebald the author and the nameless narrator.
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