Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: Very Good.No Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 2000. New Directions. 1st American Edition. Very Good.No Dustjacket. 30. 263 pages. hardcover. Cover by Semadar Megged. 0811214303. keywords: May 18. inventory # 35800. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Vertigo is the third novel New Directions has published by W.G. Sebald, one of themost enormously acclaimed European writers of our time. 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.’. Bookseller Inventory # 35800
Synopsis: A unnamed narrator, beset by nervous ailments, is again the readers' guide on a hair-raising journey through the past and across Europe, amid the restless literary ghosts of Kafka, Stendhal, and Casanova. In four dizzying sections, Sebald, one of the most acclaimed European writers of our time, plunges the reader into vertigo, into that "swimming of the head" as Webster defines it.
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