At first The Emigrants appears simply to document the lives of four Jewish émigrés in the twentieth century. But gradually, as Sebald's precise, almost dreamlike prose begins to draw their stories, the four narrations merge into one overwhelming evocation of exile and loss.
Written with a bone-dry sense of humour and a fascination with the oddness of existence The Emigrants is highly original in its heady mix of fact, memory and fiction and photographs.
Strange, beautiful and terribly moving
This deeply moving book shames most writers with its nerve and tact and wonder
An unconsoling masterpiece...It is exquisitely written and exquisitely translated...a true work of art
A spellbinding account of four Jewish exiles. Its restrained and meditative tone has stayed with me all year
A sober delicate account of displacement, and a classic of its kind. Modest and remote, it resurrects older standards of behaviour, making most contemporary writing seem brash and immature. No book has pleased me more this year