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Rare Film of Sebald To Be Shown in Paris December 1

Sebald scholar, Ruth Vogel-Klein of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, has sent me information on an extraordinary evening that she is organizing devoted to W.G. Sebald. It sounds like an event no one should miss!

The evening will begin with the showing of a nearly unknown documentary film (50 min.) realized by Austrian Television in 1990 (in German, no subtitles).  It shows Sebald’s presentation in Klagenfurt to the jury of the Ingeborg-Bachmann Prize.  Sebald was one of numerous presenters hoping to win the prize, which was created to recognize distinguished young writers.  After his lecture, Sebald comments briefly on his story Paul Bereyter from The Emigrants, and then the film shows the discussion of the jury. In despite of some very positive judgments on Sebald’s prose by some members of the jury, other voices won and Sebald was not selected.

The film will be followed by a lecture (in German) by Sebald scholar Sven Meyer of Hamburg, editor of Campo Santo and Über das Land und das Wasser. Ausgewählte Gedichte 1964-2001.

Organization and presentation: Ruth Vogel-Klein, Sebald scholar, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
December 1, 2009
20h/8: 00 p.m.
Maison Heinrich Heine
27c, bd Jourdan
75014 Paris
(RER Cité Universitaire)
Entrance free.

Maison Heinrich Heine

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sebastien Chevalier #

    It’s Sebald’s week in Paris!

    There’s a meeting next Saturday (november 28th) in the afternoon. A film (the same one?) on Sebald will be shown and several writers will discuss the influence of Sebald’s work on their own. The meeting will take place at the “Petit Palais” front 14h30 to 17h00.

    November 21, 2009
  2. hw #

    Anyone know a way of accessing or watching this film? Is it online anywhere? Sounds fascinating.

    February 25, 2010
  3. Titta #


    This rare film sounds very interesting. Is it possible to get somewhere or to see somewhere in Finland?

    January 28, 2010

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