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Austerlitz CD

A new nine-CD audio set of W.G. Sebald’s <i>Austerlitz</i> has just been issued<i>.</i> The entire book is read by Michael Krüger, Sebald’s long-time friend and …

W.G. Sebald

Geoff Dyer on Obsession vs. Addiction, and the Unpredictability of Life

In this wonderful conversation from the podcast vault, Geoff Dyer and Paul Holdengraber travel back to a time before President Trump (summer 2016) to …

Papers of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow open for research at UChicago Library

The largest collection of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow’s personal papers is now open for research at the University of Chicago Library, documenting his …

Literature

'Travels with Henry James' brings together 21 gems of travel writing

Before he became a master of style, the young writer proved himself a genius of observation.<p>What is the difference between the Great Lakes and the …

Literature

Time Traveling with Sir Thomas Browne

W.G. Sebald greatly admired the writing of Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) perhaps above all others. The two men, separated by three centuries, were in …

Literature

Recently Read: Valeria Luiselli & Sergio Pitol

Today, two very different books by Mexican writers: Valeria Luiselli’s <i>Faces in the Crowd</i> (Coffee House Press, 2013) and Sergio Pitol’s <i>The Journey</i> …

Literature

The Triumphant Humiliation of Enrique Vila-Matas

In 2012, Enrique Vila-Matas was among a small number of writers invited to participate in thirteenth version of the massive quinquennial art …

W.G. Sebald

New Revelations about Sebald’s Austerlitz

There is a fascinating and revealing article on the <b>New Yorker</b>‘s literature-oriented blog, <b>Page-Turner</b>, that sheds new light on Sebald’s research for …

W.G. Sebald

The Growing Charm of Dada

Exhibitions and Catalogs Discussed in This Article<p>Dadaglobe Reconstructed<p>an exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich, February 5–May 1, 2016; and the …

University of Chicago

Jews playing, Hungarians dancing

Vitriol in their hearts

Paris Review - W. H. Auden, The Art of Poetry No. 17

Interviewed by Michael Newman<p>Issue 57, Spring 1974<p>AUDEN<p>What’s that again?<p>INTERVIEWER<p>I wondered which living writer you would say has served as the prime protector of the integrity of our English tongue . . . ?<p>AUDEN<p>Why, me, of course!<p><i>—Conversation, Autumn 1972</i><p>He was sitting beneath two direct white …

Literature

Paris Review - Lawrence Durrell, The Art of Fiction No. 23

Interviewed by Gene Andrewski & Julian Mitchell<p>Issue 22, Autumn-Winter 1959-1960<p>The interview took place at Durrell’s home in the Midi. It is a peasant cottage with four rooms to which he has added a bathroom and a lavatory. He writes in a room without windows, with notices of his work in foreign …

Literature

Paris Review - Louis-Ferdinand Céline, The Art of Fiction No. 33

Interviewed by Jacques Darribehaude and Jean Geunot<p>Issue 31, Winter-Spring 1964<p>Louis-Ferdinand Céline, ca. 1932.<p>LOUIS-FERDINAND CÉLINE<p>So what can I say to you? I don’t know how to please your readers. Those’re people with whom you’ve got to be gentle … You can’t beat them up. They like us to amuse …

Literature

Walter Benjamin died 75 years ago today. We look at his archive and discover a love of postcards http://ow.ly/SFHFT

Paris Review - Vladimir Nabokov, The Art of Fiction No. 40

Interviewed by Herbert Gold<p>Issue 41, Summer-Fall 1967<p>Vladimir Nabokov in 1967.<p>Vladimir Nabokov lives with his wife Véra in the Montreux Palace Hotel in Montreux, Switzerland, a resort city on Lake Geneva which was a favorite of Russian aristocrats of the last century. They dwell in a connected …

Literature

Paris Review - John Banville, The Art of Fiction No. 200

Interviewed by Belinda McKeon<p>Issue 188, Spring 2009<p>John Banville in 1998.<p>When I first arrived at his Dublin city-center apartment, John Banville was working at his writing desk. The apartment, with its neatly aligned furniture and its orderly piles of books, is not Banville’s home but his office, …

Literature

The W. H. Auden Society

The W. H. Auden Society commemorates the life and work of one of the greatest poets in the English language.<p>This web site offers a list of books by …

Sebald y la fotografía

The CIA’s ‘Zhivago’

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book<p>by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée<p>Pantheon, 352 pp., $26.95<p>Inside the …

Irresistible El Greco

El Griego de Toledo [The Greek of Toledo]<p>an exhibition at the Museo de Santa Cruz and other venues, Toledo, Spain, March 14–June 14, 2014<p>Catalog of …

Cavafy

Flowers

The Poets in the Distance

Two poets, Russell Edson (1935–2014) and Bill Knott (1940–2014), both of whom I was friendly with and whose poetry was very important to me, died …

His Exile Was Intolerable

The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World<p>by George Prochnik<p>Other Press, 390 pp., $27.95<p>The Grand Budapest Hotel<p>a film directed by …

The Songs of Sergei Dovlatov

Pushkin Hills<p>by Sergei Dovlatov, translated from the Russian by Katherine Dovlatov, with an afterword by James Wood<p>Counterpoint, 163 pp., $24.00<p>In a …

Georges Seurat’s secret self-portrait sees light of day: experts uncover artist’s image in painting using new technology

ES News Email<p>The only known self-portrait of Georges Seurat has been discovered more than 130 years after he concealed it in one of his last …

Plenty of Room for Stupidity: On P. G. Wodehouse

Devotees of P. G. Wodehouse, and I’m one, don’t respond well when he’s criticized. We have snap rejoinders. <i>He wrote too many books</i>? Hardly—why, he published only ninety-six in his long lifetime. <i>He was repetitive</i>? It’s called variations on a theme. <i>His characters did not live in the real world</i>? Would …