Austerlitz

Author(s): W.G. Sebald

Fiction

The main locations of the book are Wales, London, Prague, and various places in Belgium and Paris.


The real life story of Jacques Austerlitz who, at the age of 5, came to London on one of the so-called kinder-transports in the summer of 1939. Austerlitz is placed with foster parents in wales, a childless couple who, for reasons of their own, erase in the boy all knowledge of his identity. Though he does, later on as an adult, have intimations of his otherness, Austerlitz, whose profession is that of an architectural historian, goes through life assiduously avoiding all clues that might point to his origins and to the fate of his true parents. It is only in his retirement that the past returns to haunt him and makes him explore what happened to him half a century previously, taking him back on a journey into the heart of Europe on the edge of war.

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Winner of Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction 2002

Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2002

Shortlisted for Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize: Fiction 2002

Shortlisted for WH Smith Literary Prize 2002

W.G. Sebald was born in Germany in 1944 and died in December 2001. He is the author of the highly acclaimed The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn and Vertigo. Hamish Hamilton is publishing After Nature to coincide with the paperback of Austerlitz.

General Fields

  • : 9780140297997
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : May 2002
  • : 198mm X 130mm X 32mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 432
  • : 2002
  • : Paperback
  • : W.G. Sebald