[lit-ideas] Re: The Philosopher Who Died of the Disease of Cancer

  • From: Stephen Straker <straker@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2004 13:39:05 -0700

re: *Austerlitz* by WG Sebald.

> ... I'm both engaged and put off simultaneously...
> Sometimes it drones on and on: ... 
> Sebald captures the dullness of grey days in
> Belgium and Britain just perfectly.

*JUST PERFECTLY*.  Exactly ... just my point. 

> ... can those German speakers amongst you imagine this as
> something a German speaker who is fluent in English would say, 
> "died of the disease of cancer"? ... [p. 40] 

Sebald wrote the book in German. You and I are reading a
(highly praised) translation. So the issue isn't quite the
one you pose. 

Do carry on & you will be more and more rewarded. 


Vancouver, B.C.

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