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W. G. Sebald was one of the most extraordinary and influential writers of the Twentieth Century. Through books including The Emigrants, Austerlitz and The Rings of Saturn, he pursued an original literary vision that combined fiction, history, autobiography and photography and addressed some of the most profound themes of contemporary literature: the burden of the Holocaust, memory, loss and exile.
Carole Angier discusses her new book, an exploration of Sebald’s fascinating life and ground-breaking work and a unique, ferociously original portrait that pushes the boundaries of biography just as its subject pushed the boundaries of fiction. She’ll be in conversation with Iain Sinclair, whose new book The Gold Machine similarly grapples with the challenges of biography.
Carole Angier FRSL is the author of Jean Rhys: Life & Work (shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize) and The Double Bond: A Life of Primo Levi. She was educated at the universities of McGill, Oxford and Cambridge. She taught academic and life writing for many years and has edited several books of refugee writing. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Iain Sinclair FRSL is the award-winning writer of numerous critically acclaimed books on London, including The Last London, Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and London Overground. He won the Encore Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Downriver. He lives in Hackney, East London.
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