Carole Angier 'Speak, Silence' with Will Self

Carole Angier 'Speak, Silence' with Will Self

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Biographer Carole Angier discusses her study of W.G Sebald with author and broadcaster, Will Self.

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A SPECTATOR, NEW STATESMAN and THE TIMES 'BOOK OF THE YEAR', The long-awaited first biography of W. G. Sebald.

The Book

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. The first biography to explore his life and work, Speak, Silence pursues the true Sebald through the memories of those who knew him and through the work he left behind. This quest takes Carole Angier from Sebald's birth as a second-generation German at the end of the Second World War, through his rejection of the poisoned inheritance of the Third Reich, to his emigration to England, exploring the choice of isolation and exile that drove his work. It digs deep into a creative mind on the edge, finding profound empathy and paradoxical ruthlessness, saving humour, and an elusive mix of fact and fiction in his life as well as work. The result is a unique, ferociously original portrait.

Carole Angier

Carole Angier is an English biographer. She was born in London and was raised in Canada before moving back to the UK in her early twenties. She spent many years as a teacher, including periods at the Open University and Birkbeck College, University of London. Carole is also a biographer of Jean Rhys and Primo Levi.

Will Self

Will Self is an English author, journalist, political commentator and broadcaster. He has written 11 novels, five collections of shorter fiction, three novellas and five collections of non-fiction writing.

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