The Type Case of Forgotten Things
Over at Andrew Goodall’s beautiful blog Mursejlerne, there are a couple of recent posts (here and here) from Prague, where he photographed Šporkova street and other locations of interest to readers of W.G. Sebald.
As a reminder, here’s the relevant quote from Sebald’s Austerlitz:
Mrs Ambrosová suggested that before crossing the river I might begin my inquiries in the Lesser Quarter, which wasn’t ten minutes’ walk away from here, she said, I could try Šporkova, a small street a few paces uphill from the Schönborn Palace, where the register of inhabitants for 1938 said that Agáta Austerlitzová had been living at Number Twelve in that year….Then there was the cool air as I entered the front hall of Number 12 Šporkova, the metal box for the electrics built into the wall beside the entrance with its lightning symbol, the octofoil mosaic flower in shades of dove gray and snow white set in the flecked artificial-stone floor, the smell of damp limewash, the gently rising flight of stairs, with hazelnut-shaped iron knobs placed at intervals in the handrail of the banisters – all of them signs and characters from the type case of forgotten things, I thought, and was overcome by such a state of blissful yet anxious confusion that more than once I had to sit down on the steps in the quiet stairwell and lean my head against the wall.
Andrew’s blog is full of beautiful, enigmatic, and unpeopled photographs of his travels and a few other references to Sebald.