n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Geschichte(n) nach Auschwitz : W.G. Sebald und die Stadt der Toten

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



In the story "Max Aurach", one of four parts in the volume Die Ausgewanderten (The Emigrants) by W.G. Sebald, Manchester is presented in terms that mark it as a city of the dead. This has a twofold application: one, it refers to the remnants of the age of industrial capitalism and modernity and two, to a world after the Holocaust. The bleak urban scenery signals a topography beyond the end of history which, in Sebald's narrative, is heightened by a dense intertextual web, with allusions to Kafka, Friedrich Engels and Peter Weiss, among others. The focus on the artist Max Aurach, an exile from Germany and a survivor of the Holocaust, emphasizes not only one of Sebald's central concerns, viz. the challenges of aesthetic production after Auschwitz, but also draws the quasi-autobiographical first-person narrator into this discourse via analogies with the writing activity and his location as an exile.

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