• "A novel of ideas with a difference: it is nothing but ideas. Framed around the narrator's long walks in East Anglia, Sebald shows how one man looks aslant at historical atrocity. Formally dexterous, fearlessly written (why shouldn't an essay be a novel?), and unremittingly arcane; by the end I was in tears"

    Teju Cole, Guardian
  • "A great, strange and moving work"

    James Wood, Guardian
  • "The finest book of long-distance mental travel that I've ever read"

    Jonathan Raban, Times Literary Supplement
  • "A desperate intensity of feeling is thrillingly counterpoised by the workings of a wonderfully learned and rigorous mind"

    Sunday Times
  • "Sebald is surely a major European author...he reaches the heights of epiphanic beauty only encountered normally in the likes of Proust"

    Independent on Sunday