W.G. Sebald

Babies, The Big Sleep, Cult Writers, and More: Our Favorite Stories of May

From essays to interviews, excerpts and reading lists, we publish around 150 features a month. And though we’re proud of each week’s offerings, we do …

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Polish author wins Man Booker International Prize

May 24, 2018 5:00 AM<br>LONDON • Flights, a philosophical rumination on modern-day travel and the human body by Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, won the Man …

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Olga Tokarczuk of Poland Wins Man Booker International Prize

LONDON — “Flights,” a philosophical rumination on modern-day travel by the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, won the Man Booker International Prize for works of translated fiction on Tuesday night.<p>Ms. Tokarczuk shared the prize of 50,000 British pounds, around $67,000, with the book’s English-language …

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The Power of W. G. Sebald’s Small Silences

Anyone who has read <i>The Rings of Saturn</i>, W. G. Sebald’s penultimate novel, likely remembers the book’s final pages. <i>The Rings of Saturn</i> follows a …

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Lit Hub Daily: May 18, 2018

TODAY: In 1897, Bram Stoker stages a reading of a dramatized version of “The Un-Dead” (before publication later that month, it was changed to <i>Dracula</i>) …

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On Trump's Balcony

- Advertisement -<p>Previously published at the <i>Black Commentator</i>, May 3, 2018<p>Greed and fear exposed themselves without shame and suppressed all tender …

Liberal View

Writing is a Journey: Let Inspiration Find You With Each Written Page

I often have only the vaguest notion of what I want to say when I sit down in front of my computer to write. An idea, an inkling, a compulsion, a feeling — some kernel or scrap which sparks my imagination enough that I am prepared to devote long, lonely hours to investigating it on a blank page.<p>For …

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Ariana Reines Writes Us Between W.G. Sebald the Ecstasy of the 14th Century by Harriet Staff

A highly recommend read, Ariana Reines's new moon report (it's back!), "Diamond Cutter," currently up at <i>Artforum.</i> Writing from her post as the …

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Author Peter Carey shares five memorable books from his life

Australian Peter Carey is the author of 14 novels including his latest, <i>A Long Way From Home</i> (Knopf) and one of a handful of writers to have twice won the Man Booker Prize. Here, Carey, who started working in advertising and as a creative-writing teacher before accumulating literary accolades, …

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Patti Smith’s 40 Favorite Books

<i>The Master and Margarita</i> by Mikhail Bulgakov<p><i>Journey to the East</i> by Hermann Hesse<p><i>The Glass Bead Game</i> by Hermann Hesse<p><i>Heart of Darkness</i> by Joseph Conrad<p>…

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Why choosing a name for an exhibition is anything but straightforward

Before the 2008 group exhibition at the New Museum in New York was called After Nature, Massimiliano Gioni, the then director of special exhibitions, …

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Nonfiction Book Review: The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil. Crown, $26 (288p) ISBN 978-0-451-49532-7

The Girl Who Smiled Beads<p>Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil. Crown, $26 (288p) ISBN 978-0-451-49532-7<p>Wamariya, a human rights advocate, and Weil, …

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Phantom Coincidence in W.G. Sebald’s “Remembered Triptych…”

I was sat on a couch in Strasbourg reading essays by Teju Cole, the volume <i>Known And Strange Things</i> published quite recently by Faber and Faber. It …

The Weight of Things by Marianne Fritz

Contributed by Love Lagerkvist<i><br>Source: https://www.versobooks.com License: All Rights Reserved.</i> <br>This rediscovered modernist classic tells the story of …

Typography

Lisa Halliday on ‘Asymmetry’

<b>Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music</b><p>In The New York Times Book Review, Alice Gregory reviews Lisa Halliday’s debut novel, “Asymmetry.” Gregory writes:<p>Halliday’s novel is so strange and startlingly smart that its mere existence seems like commentary on the state of fiction. One finishes “Asymmetry” …

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Esther Kinsky muses on a river in England

<b>River.</b> By Esther Kinsky. Translated by Iain Galbraith. <i>Fitzcarraldo; 368 pages; £12.99. To be published in America this autumn by Transit Books.</i><p>IN HER …

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Modern life, as seen by a writer without a smartphone

James Joyce's "Ulysses" — sections of which first began to appear 100 years ago — immerses the reader in the sights, sounds and smells of early 20th-century Dublin. As Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom meander through city streets, their thoughts and experiences are, for the most part, perfectly …

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Top Shelf: Paul Grabowsky

Paul Grabowsky is one of Australia's most celebrated jazz musicians. He plays piano, composes, arranges and conducts. He's worked with jazz …

W.G. Sebald

Recommended reading: These are Patti Smith’s 40 favourite books of all time

Even from a young age, Patti Smith was enamoured by the written word. If you’ve read her fantastic memoir <i>Just Kids</i>, you’d recall romantic passages …

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Head Shots: Surreal collages by John Stezaker

Today, we’re going to make a collage like those made by John Stezaker. Now, for this you’ll need some glue, a craft knife—I like using a Stanley …

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The Books 36 Authors Are Giving Their Friends This Holiday

Book people are the best people, no contest. You feel it every time you’re greeted by an independent bookseller, every time you exchange pleasantries …

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Richard Lloyd Parry: By the Book

<i>The journalist and author of “People Who Eat Darkness” and, most recently, “Ghosts of the Tsunami” avoids “lad lit” even more assiduously than he avoids “chick lit.”</i><p><b>What books are on your nightstand?</b><p>The books beside my bed are like the expensive, and suspiciously unsullied, pair of running shoes in …

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3 Women in Translation to Add to Your TBR Pile

Looking to add more women in translation titles to your TBR piles? Here are three international authors who might not be on your radar but definitely …

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Newsletter No. 9: Teaser or spoiler?

<i>10 NOVEMBER 2017</i>Hello.It’s been a bit longer than usual since my last update. Apologies, but I’ve been working hard to get my book On the Moor out …

Psychogeography

Writing a Novel in the Age of Peak Content

Everything is apparently peaking. Peak TV, peak beard, peak craft beer. We’re living in the age of a glorious cultural crescendo. We have more music, …

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"A Last Glimpse Of The Land": On Melancholia – A Sebald Variation

Adam Scovell uncovers a creeping destruction in an exhibition of art works inspired by the German writer W.G. Sebald, at Somerset House

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“Unlanguagable reality”: Wolfgang Hilbig’s “Old Rendering Plant”

It was the hour when some dark utterance waxed within me, needing no words, no names, no logical thoughts…a language in which the nouns lost their …

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In Translation: October Fiction and Poetry

Ignore those pesky trick-or-treaters and instead dive in to these October offerings in translation. We have the first-ever full English edition of …

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Here in Berlin, by Cristina García

<b>Here in Berlin.</b><p>García, Cristina (author).<p>Oct. 2017. 224p. illus. Counterpoint, hardcover, $26 (9781619029590). <br>REVIEW. First published October 1, …

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Rachel Rose is redefining video art - Interview Magazine

The Chinatown studio where Rachel Rose works is tidy and stark, with the exception of the bright-blue painter’s tape holding storyboards to the wall. …

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