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le 18 décembre 2003
This book tells the story of Jacques Austerlitz. In 1939, he was sent to England on a Kinderstransport and placed in a foster family. His parents quickly erase from Jacques all knowledge of his identity and he grows up ignorant of his past. Later in life, Austerlitz made a career as a historian of architecture and found the past returning to haunt him – having avoided all clues that might reveal his origin. He is thus forced to explore what happened to him fifty years before. And so begins a journey into the darkest moments of European history. This book combines fiction, memoir, travelogue and philosophy. It is also richly illustrated with very moving pictures and photographs. Sebald is one of the most extraordinary writers of the 20th century and Austerlitz’s story is mesmeric.