The Emigrants (New Directions Paperbook)

The Emigrants (New Directions Paperbook)

W.G. Sebald Michael Hulse / Jul 22, 2019

The Emigrants New Directions Paperbook A masterpiece Richard Eder The New York Times Published to enormous critical acclaim in the US The Emigrants has been acclaimed as one of the best novels to appear since World War II Review of Conte

  • Title: The Emigrants (New Directions Paperbook)
  • Author: W.G. Sebald Michael Hulse
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  • A masterpiece Richard Eder, The New York Times.Published to enormous critical acclaim in the US, The Emigrants has been acclaimed as one of the best novels to appear since World War II Review of Contemporary Fiction and three times chosen as the 1996 International Book of the Year The poignant and acclaimed novel about the beauty of lost things, while the protagoni A masterpiece Richard Eder, The New York Times.Published to enormous critical acclaim in the US, The Emigrants has been acclaimed as one of the best novels to appear since World War II Review of Contemporary Fiction and three times chosen as the 1996 International Book of the Year The poignant and acclaimed novel about the beauty of lost things, while the protagonist traces the lives of four elderly German Jewish exiles The Emigrants is composed of four long narratives which at first appear to be the straightforward accounts of the lives of several Jewish exiles in England, Austria, and America The narrator literally follows their footsteps, studding each story with photographs and creating the impression that the reader is poring over a family album But gradually, Sebald s prose, which combines documentary description with almost hallucinatory fiction, exerts a new magic, and the four stories merge into one Illustrated throughout with enigmatic photographs.

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      • W.G. Sebald Michael Hulse

        Winfried Georg Maximilian Sebald was a German writer and academic His works are largely concerned with the themes of memory and loss of memory both personal and collective and decay of civilizations, traditions or physical objects They are, in particular, attempts to reconcile himself with, and deal in literary terms with, the trauma of the Second World War and its effect on the German people.


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    1. There are some faculties of human mind which have been haunting human beings since time immemorial, for so less we've been able to comprehend about our brain- we might have stepped out of our home to look for other (probable) homes but the enigma of our mind is still very much elusive for us. Mankind has regularly witnessed the immense destruction wrought by natural disasters. Similarly destructive to human life have man-made atrocities, like war and genocide. Those who were lucky enough to surv [...]


    2. My tale was heard and yet it was not told,My fruit is fallen, and yet my leaves are green,My youth is spent and yet I am not old,I saw the world and yet I was not seen;My thread is cut and yet it is not spun,And now I live, and now my life is done.~ Tichborne's ElegyIt’s hard to fathom the way memories assume their role in our lives. Sometimes like a long lost companion and sometimes like an unwelcome guest, they walk the slippery road of our yesteryear excursions and become the unreliable sou [...]


    3. I am usually not able to read on airplanes for various reasons, not least of which is that I need to concentrate on operating my imaginary foot pedals to ensure that the plane doesn't plummet to the earth and crash in a fiery eruption of cheap diamond-patterned blue upholstery, molten plastic, and of course several dozen charred, unidentifiable human remains. The most I can hope for in the way of diversionary reading is that crappy catalog of shit that no one in their right mind (which doesn't r [...]


    4. DISTRUGGETE ANCHE L’ULTIMA COSA, IL RICORDO NO Quattro racconti di cui il primo è il più corto e l’ultimo il più lungo, come se Sebald avesse dovuto acquistare confidenza in se stesso. Quattro biografie, quattro incontri, quattro saggi di finzione, quattro espedienti per raccontare altro, e altro ancora, quattro storie e ricerche sull’orrore nazista e le sue conseguenze, quattro viaggi che diventano di più, quattro vite di persone che hanno lasciato la terra d’origine e si sono trasf [...]


    5. Words fail me when I most need them. This is one of the saddest books I have ever read. Also a necessary book, a much needed testimonial for those whose lives have perished with their song unsung, victims of the last century’s ethnic cleansing and forced exile. A quiet desperation permeates almost every page, a slow dissolving into nothingness, a loss of innocence, a disconnect between generations that translates into a decaying present. Bad Kissingen was once a gem of a town, a Bavarian baroq [...]


    6. We all have bad memories. We all have memories that we’d rather forget. And as we age we gain more and more of them, but this is nothing exceptional. This only speaks of the everyday. What Sebald shows us is that some memories are so fantastically good, that remembering them is like stabbing oneself in the chest.Sebald’s characters speak of a time when they were happier, more content, younger and perhaps even loved. Since that time they have grown older and the things that made them happy ha [...]


    7. You said: ”I’ll go to another country, go to another shore,Find another city better than this oneThese verses from Cavafy at once came to my mind as only I started readingThe emigrants . Sebald takes us for a journey back into the past, travelling across Switzerland, France, America, England, Jerusalem, Constantinople. We can see him collecting maps, diaries, photographs of people and places, houses, railways and furniture, in detail depicturing all migration traces through cities, hotels, g [...]


    8. For years the images of that exodus had been gone from his memory, but recently he said, they had been returning once again and making their presence felt. I have never come across a writer who evokes the beautiful, tragic, calamitous struggle and engagement between a person and the past as Sebald does in ‘The Emigrants’. In this devastatingly beautiful exploration of loss and exile, of history and biography, of the lives and memory of these four lost souls, there is the undertow of soft whi [...]



    9. 4.5/5 This quiet and beautifully written novel tells of four men who survived World War II, and who emigrated to other countries, leaving their countries of origin behind in order to settle elsewhere. Even though the four main characters all escaped with their lives, there is no real peace for any of them as the effects of the war remain, washing wave after wave of sadness and muted memories of loss over their entire lives. W. G. Sebald keeps his readers distant from his protagonists by telling [...]


    10. The Emigrants is such a mighty book that it has taken me some time to think about what I can say about it, and in the end I've decided to start my review with these paragraphs from its Foreword: ‘At first The Emigrants appears simply to document the lives of four Jewish emigrés 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-d [...]


    11. They told me not to walk alone, day or night. But I had to see the cemetery. I’d been told earlier by a painter and a pharmacist that if I took a right onto the main road (dirty and stoned, of course) from the clinic, I would eventually come to the end of the road where I was sure to see the gates of El Cementerio. “But you aren’t going alone?” they asked.As I set about, the blazing sun -- a hotness I was first introduced to and had only first known three days before, upon my arrival -- [...]


    12. This was my third Sebald novel (if “novel” is the word). It probably ought to have been my first, and I’d recommend it as a good introduction to Sebald’s special concerns and peculiar style. Those concerns: Memory, first of all, its collection and preservation, and its failure; exile in all its forms; the case of the German people, especially the post-war generation’s attempt to grasp their historical burden; the Holocaust and everything lost in the flames. That style: Cool and meditat [...]


    13. Sebald's writing is an artistry in a league of its own. This novel of four independent narratives tied to another through the themes of loss, exhile and remembering. Whether one of Sebald's subjects (or narrators, for that matter) is reminiscing of a lost country or a dead loved one, the words couldn't be more perfectly chosen, more weighted with meaning.Sebald is also a master at depicting the two-headed dragon of memory with its ability to cage and liberate. Telling stories was as much a torme [...]


    14. Edebiyat dünyasında oldukça önemli bir yere sahip Göçmenler, dört farklı hikaye anlatıcısını kendi yaşam yerlerini değiştirmeleri veya başkalarının anılarına ortak olmaları üstüne kurulu bir kitap. Bu seyir sürecini W.G.Sebald, 20.yy' boyunca içinde alarak, belki de yazılmış en acı, en üzüntülü ve bazen de en sinir bozucu öykülerini yaratırken okurun zihninde kendi zamanını ve geçmişini sorgulatıyor.İlk olarak 1992 yılında basılan kitap, öncelikle bi [...]


    15. This was actually far better and more readable than Ring of Saturn, I thought. The last of the four stories did get a bit hung up on itself and I was expecting more of a tied finish, but there's no fault to find with the threads or the colors, and the piece on his elementary school teacher was truly touching and ranks up there with the best character profiles I've ever read. It's all poignant without being overwrought (again perhaps apart from the rather meandering final piece), it's striking im [...]


    16. These are four enigmatic and haunting stories of increasing length and complexity, where the narrator is not necessarily the same person in each - but I’ll call him N anyway.Despite some very moving passages and a tremendous sense of loss, I didn’t at first feel the whole was very successful, a 3-ish star at best. The narratives can be bleak and heart-wrenching, certainly, but they run on and on - sometimes stalled in a recall of quite impossible detail, then skipping abruptly to another top [...]


    17. I requested this book from my library after reading a superb review here on by Roger Brunyate. Sebald has written fictional biographies of four men, three German and one Russian. The Second World War and the Holocaust are at the center of all their stories. The volume is filled with photographs that give the impression these are true stories rather than creations of the author. They are immensely sad because above all they are about loss - loss of family, home, country and for some, language. V [...]


    18. A beautiful book about deeply ingrained, even crippling, sadness, tragic death, and suicide. Rather than a novel it's more a suite of four tales whose logic as it progresses becomes increasingly more connotative and poetic, becoming finally in the last few pages a shuffling of evocative images that cleanse and invigorate as they further reveal deeper folds of abiding sadness in the world; a dark emptiness that is somehow fertile.For Sebald the source of this fertility is memory. He will often pr [...]


    19. When I was a kid I thought that everyone was happier than me, that they felt connected to the world in a way that I did not. I experienced life as though I was behind glass, as though some barrier existed between me and the world that obscured, muffled, and distorted it. That wasn’t, as it is tempting to assume, a consequence of being raised in straightened circumstances - although I guess that did not help at all – it was something that was in me and has remained with me, at least in a dilu [...]


    20. In my previous review for The Rings of Saturn I referred to Sebald's authorial style as that of a slow-burn blues; and this applies even more so to The Emigrants, where we are guided through the mists of memory by the cadenced, subdued pace of Sebald's narrative voice, only to be periodically wrenched out of beguiling reverie by the poignant, stinging cry of sustained bends and vibrato when important, necessary pieces of this haunting exile's puzzle are slipped into place - in nonchalant but str [...]


    21. Quatro histórias. Quatro exilados. Quatro homens extraordinários que carregam, até ao fim da vida, a tristeza pelas tragédias de que foram vítimas. Dr. Henry Selwyn. Médico. Lituano. Inglaterra."O resto, destrói-o a memória."Paul Bereyter. Professor. Alemão. França."Muitas nebulosas não há olho que as distinga."Ambros Adelwarth. Mordomo. Alemão. América. "O meu campo de milho é apenas uma colheita de lágrimas."Max Aurach. Pintor. Alemão. Inglaterra."Chegam ao crepúsculo e procu [...]


    22. 4,5*Os Emigrantes é um livro que se encontra dividido em quatro partes, que contam histórias sem ligação umas com as outras, a não ser o facto de os protagonistas de cada uma terem tido algum tipo de contacto com o narrador, e as suas histórias terem sido de algum modo determinadas pelos conflitos na Europa na primeira metade do século XX, em particular o nazismo e a Segunda Guerra Mundial.Como o título indica, são histórias de emigrantes: Henry Selwyn, um médico lituano que emigrou p [...]


    23. Initial Remark: I completed reading the book yesterday. And I could not write an early review because I was emotionally very much disturbed by the questions/sentiments exposed by Sebald in the final pages.Otherwise, it is a typical Sebald book with the usual themes of MEMORY, TRANSIENCE OF HUMAN NATURE, LONGING FOR THE PAST, HIDDEN LINKS THAT REGULARIZE LIFE, etc. The theme predominant throughout the book is MEMORY and it ends with a powerful question that touches on the theme of collective guil [...]


    24. Vanished LivesOn the surface, this is a very simple book: separate biographical memoirs about four men known to the author, who, like him, were emigrants from their native Germany. But despite the numerous photographs and wealth of confirming detail, this is fiction, and the subjects are pure invention or at most composites. The book is an apparent impossibility: a Holocaust novel that is rich and gentle rather than searing. Born of a Catholic family in 1944, Sebald was not a direct victim of th [...]


    25. Those who have this in their libraries will know that it is choicely raved about on the cover. Ondaatje leads the pack 'This deeply moving book shames most writers with its nerve and tact and wonder'. Nicholas Shakespeare, Anita Brookner, Susan Sontag, Karl Miller all have a stab at bettering that. I might add that the two women are both of Jewish background.But how can I read this, when I picked it up to start, and first saw the words of the dead man who left his library for me to pick through? [...]


    26. Two images flashed through my head when reading Sebald's 'The Emigrants'. The first one was a character's statement that reading his mother’s memoirs was like an evil German fairy tale that once you start reading, you have to carry on reading until your heart breaks; reading 'The Emigrants' is a lot like this, the second one was the constant reappearance of the author Vladimir Nabokov in each narrative; The Emigrants is the retelling of four seemingly disparate Jewish émigrés’ in the twent [...]


    27. Besprechung in DAS LITERARISCHE QUARTETTab 46:26:youtube/watch?v=Ip-0eAuch ein Reich-Ranicki darf sich irren ;)



    28. Reading books that have been translated into English from their original language is a novel experience for me. Wiesław Myśliwski’s “Stone Upon Stone” afforded a taste of life in Poland among the rural farming community. In “The Emigrants”, W. G. Sebald traced the lives of four German emigrants who each lived an inevitable exile of sorts. The English translation by Michael Hulse was very good and lyrical, even luscious. The pages were interposed with photographs and I wished I had a [...]


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