California: (self-published), 2022.
A cult appreciation has built up around the german writer, W.G. Sebald, who died in a car crash in 2001. Hailed as one of the greatest European writers of his generation, his books defy easy categorization. They have been summarized as part hybrid fiction, part memoir and part travelogue, while the adjectives most frequently used to describe their extraordinary prose style, built on long, elegant sentences, are “haunting” and “mesmeric.” Another striking aspect of the books is his use of photographs and other visual material that he drops without captions into the text; fuzzy and badly reproduced they provide an additional level of documentary “evidence,” and you become convinced that Sebald really must have undertaken the walk or visited the building that his narrator describes. In this book the photographer and designer Michael Schmelling lifts the images from three of his best known books and reproduces them in sequence without the text providing a fresh narrative to this original artist. Item #23502
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