Over the course of a thirty-year conversation unfolding in train stations and travelers' stops across England and Europe, W.G. Sebald's unnamed narrator and Jacques Austerlitz discuss Austerlitz's ongoing efforts to understand who he is. An orphan who came to England alone in the summer of 1939 and was raised by a Welsh Methodist minister and his wife as their own, Austerlitz grew up with no conscious memory of where he came from.

W.G. Sebald embodies in Austerlitz the universal human search for identity, the struggle to impose coherence on memory, a struggle complicated by the mind's defenses against trauma. Along the way, this novel of many riches dwells magically on a variety of subjects -- railway architecture, military fortifications; insets, plants, and animals; the constellations; works of art; the strange contents of the museum of a veterinary school; a small circus; and the three capital cities that loom over the book, London, Paris, and Prague -- in the service of its astounding vision.

Genre: Historical

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October 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Austerlitz
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October 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Austerlitz
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October 2001 : USA Hardback
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June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Austerlitz (Penguin Essentials)
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 0-241-98448-3 / 978-0-241-98448-2 (UK edition)
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November 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Austerlitz (Penguin Essentials)
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ISBN: 0-241-95180-1 / 978-0-241-95180-4 (UK edition)
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1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: Austerlitz (Modern Library (Paperback))
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 0-8129-8261-4 / 978-0-8129-8261-9 (USA edition)
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September 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Austerlitz
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September 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Austerlitz (Modern Library Paperbacks)
Author(s): Winfried Georg Sebald, Anthea Bell
ISBN: 0-375-75656-6 / 978-0-375-75656-6 (USA edition)
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July 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Austerlitz (Penguin Essentials)
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 0-14-029799-5 / 978-0-14-029799-7 (UK edition)
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2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Austerlitz
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ISBN: 1-58836-061-X / 978-1-58836-061-8 (USA edition)
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February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Austerlitz
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January 2002 : USA Audio CD

Title: Austerlitz (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 0-7366-8560-X / 978-0-7366-8560-3 (USA edition)
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2001 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Austerlitz
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 0-7366-8550-2 / 978-0-7366-8550-4 (USA edition)
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Title: Austerlitz
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July 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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December 2011 : USA Kindle edition
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