Is literary greatness still possible? What would a noble literary enterprise look like now? One of the few answers available to English-language readers is the work of W.G. Sebald.

—Susan Sontag, The Times Literary Supplement

The masterworks of W. G. Sebald, now with gorgeous new covers by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund

Sebald Set

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Translated from the German by Michael Hulse

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Is literary greatness still possible? What would a noble literary enterprise look like now? One of the few answers available to English-language readers is the work of W.G. Sebald.

—Susan Sontag, The Times Literary Supplement

Few writers make one more aware of the seductive powers of language.

—Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books

An intensely personal work, showing us Sebald’s genesis as a writer, and it is constantly stimulating.

—Sebastian Shakespeare, TLS

One emerges from it shaken, seduced, and deeply impressed.

—Anita Brookner, Spectator

Sebald is a thrilling, original writer. He makes narration a state of investigative bliss. His narrative doesn’t just tell stories; it offers itself as a model of consciousness, demonstrating that to be fully aware of oneself in time is to suffer incurable vertigo. In his droll way, Sebald possesses the world-covering ambition of a magus: he wants a book to be like his old childhood atlas, made to hold… all conceivable mysteries.

—W.S. Di Piero, The New York Times Book Review

A haunting masterpiece from W.G. Sebald.

—The Washington Post

Think of W.G. Sebald as memory’s Einstein.

—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

An extraordinary palimpsest of nature, human, and literary history.

—Merle Rubin, The Wall Street Journal

Ostensibly a record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia, The Rings of Saturn is also a brilliantly allusive study of England’s imperial past and the nature of decline and fall, of loss and decay. The Rings of Saturn is exhilaratingly, you might say hypnotically, readable. It is hard to imagine a stranger or more compelling work.

—Robert McCrum, The London Observer

Stunning and strange. Like a dream you want to last forever.

—Roberta Silman, The New York Times

This is very beautiful, and its strangeness is what is beautiful… One of the most mysteriously sublime of contemporary writers. And here, in The Rings of Saturn, is a book more uncanny than The Emigrants.

—James Wood, The New Republic

The Emigrants is that terrifyingly rare and wonderful thing: a unique masterpiece…

—Thomas McGonigle, Chicago Tribune

W.G. Sebald has written an astonishing masterpiece: it seems perfect while being unlike any book one has ever read. Bewitching in its subtlety, sublime in its directness and in the grandeur of its subject. The Emigrants is an irresistable book.

—Susan Sontag

Sebald is a rare and elusive species, but still, he is an easy read, just as Kafka is. He is an addiction, and once buttonholed by his books, you have neither the wish nor the will to tear yourself away.

—Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

Most writers, even good ones, write of what can be written. The very greates write of what cannot be written. I think of Akhmatova and Primo Levi, for example, and of W.G. Sebald.

—The New York Times

A masterpiece.

—Richard Eder, The New York Times

“If you are completely new to Sebald, you should probably start with his early masterpiece, The Emigrants.

—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post