‘Austerlitz’ by W.G. Sebald is the story of a man’s search for the answer to his life’s central riddle.
A small child when he comes to England on a Kindertransport in the summer of 1939, Jacques Austerlitz is told nothing of his real family by the Welsh Methodist minister and his wife who raise him. When he is a much older man, fleeting memories return to him, and obeying an instinct he only dimly understands, Austerlitz follows their trail back to the world he left behind a half century before. There, faced with the void at the heart of twentieth-century Europe, he struggles to rescue his heritage from oblivion.
His body of work including ‘Austerlitz’ have won a number of international awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Berlin Literature Prize, and the LiteraTour Nord Prize.
Austerlitz is a 2001 novel by the German writer W. G. Sebald. It was Sebald’s final novel. The book received the National Book Critics Circle Award.