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Approximations

Uwe Annaherungen

Portrait of Sebald by Marc Volk, 1992.

Uwe Schütte has written a new book about W.G. Sebald called Annäherungen (“Approximations”) to mark what would have been Sebald’s 75th birthday on May 18, 2019. This highly personal book by Schütte, a former PhD student of Sebald’s, comprises seven non-academic essays which aim to reflect a portrait of the author’s nonconformist personality and idiosyncratic texts. Avoiding the standard Sebaldian topics such as memory, exile, the Holocaust, trauma and so on, Schütte’s essays in Annäherungen deal with subjects like Sebald’s love of trees and his fascination with fire. He examines Sebald’s deep attachment to animals, explores the huge significance of his grandfather on his writings, and tries to characterize his extraordinary role as an academic. Annäherungen casts seven very different spotlights on Sebald. The essays–each beginning with a pertinent, often rare photographic image–illuminate previously unknown aspects of Sebald’s writings and open up new connections.

The book has been published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. I will definitely try to get this book. Thank you for your continued excellent work
    joel

    April 24, 2019
  2. Stan Izen #

    Any word on when it might be available in English? Can’t wait to read it.

    April 24, 2019
    • No clue. If I hear, I will post something. I, too, would love to read this in English.

      April 24, 2019
  3. Rupert #

    Thank you for the ongoing log entries. I thought you might be interested to know that Jeremy Cooper’s new novel Ash Before Oak [Fitcarraldo, 2019]has several Sebald refercnes and quotes in. It also has a few photos scattered throughout.

    April 27, 2019
    • Thanks! I just ordered a copy.

      April 29, 2019
  4. Marc Konrad #

    Hello Terry,
    I have a somewhat collateral but truly interesting musical reccommendation for you:
    Richard Dawson’s Glass Trunk, a work of english “half memory”.
    https://www.twmuseums.org.uk/half-memory/richard-dawson-the-glass-trunk
    Thank you for your always interesting readings!

    May 1, 2019
    • Mark, I love the YouTube video. Unfortunately, the Soundcloud song no longer exists. Thanks!

      May 2, 2019

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