W. G. Sebald Essay - W. G. Sebald World Literature Analysis

W. G. Sebald World Literature Analysis

Not long after Austerlitz was published in 2001, Sebald was killed in a car accident, robbing modern literature of one of its most distinctive voices. Critics hailed his work, which became more popular in the United States and Great Britain than in Germany. The literary critic Susan Sontag praised Sebald by proclaiming that his work was a noble literary enterprise and an example of literary greatness. Like Günter Grass, Sebald explores the political despair, social chaos, and individual guilt of post-World War II Germany, especially as individuals attempt to come to terms with loss and search to find explanations for the crimes perpetrated against Jews. Like Franz Kafka, Sebald offers portraits of outsiders living in...

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