” It is a sore point, because you do have advantages if you have access to more than one language. You also have problems, because on bad days you don’t trust yourself, either in your first or your second language, and so you feel like a complete halfwit. “


” You could grow up in Germany in the postwar years without ever meeting a Jewish person. There were small communities in Frankfurt or Berlin, but in a provincial town in south Germany, Jewish people didn’t exist. “


” To my mind, it seems clear that those who have no memory have the much greater chance to lead happy lives. But it is something you cannot possibly escape: your psychological make-up is such that you are inclined to look back over your shoulder. “


” Where I grew up, in a remote village at the back of a valley, the old still thought the dead needed attending to – a notion so universal, it’s enscribed in all religions. If you didn’t, they might exact revenge upon the living. “


” I don’t want to talk about my trials and tribulations. Once you reveal even part of what your real problems might be in life, they come back in a deformed way. “


” I’ve always felt that the traditional novel doesn’t give you enough information about the narrator, and I think it’s important to know the point of view from which these tales are told: the moral makeup of the teller. “


” Going home is not necessarily a wonderful experience. It always comes with a sense of loss and makes you so conscious of the inexorable passage of time. “


” If you’re based in two places, on a bad day you see only the disadvantages everywhere. On a bad day, returning to Germany brings back all kinds of spectres from the past. “



All 8 W. G. Sebald Quotes about You in picture


It is a sore point, because you do have advantages if you have access to more than one language. You also have problems, because on bad days you don
You could grow up in Germany in the postwar years without ever meeting a Jewish person. There were small communities in Frankfurt or Berlin, but in a provincial town in south Germany, Jewish people didn
To my mind, it seems clear that those who have no memory have the much greater chance to lead happy lives. But it is something you cannot possibly escape: your psychological make-up is such that you are inclined to look back over your shoulder.
Where I grew up, in a remote village at the back of a valley, the old still thought the dead needed attending to - a notion so universal, it
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Going home is not necessarily a wonderful experience. It always comes with a sense of loss and makes you so conscious of the inexorable passage of time.
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