‘A quoi bon la littérature?’
in A literature of restitution
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Clive Scott opens up the visual dimensions of W. G. Sebald's literature of restitution by revisiting the better-documented area of Sebald's relationship with photography. Just one example of the way in which Sebald's project of restitution engages with a much longer history of European modernity manifests itself in the centrality of the German poet Friedrich Holderlin to 'Ein Versuch der Restitution'. Sebald's rapid rise to prominence has been accompanied by the equally rapid establishment of a substantial body of secondary literature in several languages. Sebald's project of literary restitution as collective and comparative in nature, is the relationship between the original German text and its English translation. A close reading of the translations, Arthur Williams argues, illustrates just how closely Sebald came to see his various works as a multilayered but consistent attempt to give voice to European history and its victims.

A literature of restitution

Critical essays on W. G. Sebald


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