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New Directions Publishing, 2001 - Fiction - 263 pages
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Vertigo, W. G. Sebald's first novel, never before translated into English, is perhaps his most amazing and certainly his most alarming. Sebald—the acknowledged master of memory's uncanniness—takes the painful pleasures of unknowability to new intensities in Vertigo. Here in their first flowering are the signature elements of Sebald's hugely acclaimed novels The Emigrants and The Rings of Saturn. An unnamed narrator, beset by nervous ailments, is again our guide on a hair-raising journey through the past and across Europe, amid restless literary ghosts—Kafka, Stendhal, Casanova. In four dizzying sections, the narrator plunges the reader into vertigo, into that "swimming of the head," as Webster's defines it: in other words, into that state so unsettling, so fascinating, and so "stunning and strange," as The New York Times Book Review declared about The Emigrants, that it is "like a dream you want to last forever."

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User Review  - missizicks - LibraryThing

It's rare that I encounter an author that makes me want to read and read and read because the way they write is so perfect. This is the first W G Sebald book I've read and I will be reading more ... Read full review

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It seemed remarkable to me the ease in which I sped through this book. Not that I understood it all, I did not. Even though the translation I read was in English, the writing still felt foreign to me ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Michael Hulse is an English translator, critic, and poet. Hulse has translated more than sixty books from the German.

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