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"Sebald's gray snapshots...seem to suggest an especially acute sense of the present relation of word and image. Where they pointed, argues Patt persuasively in her introduction to Searching for Sebald, was precisely toward the practices of certain contemporary artists."
"Among the most valuable recent studies [of Sebald].... The impressive Searching for Sebald is a large-format book containing essays illustrated with countless photographs and an unpublished interview.... Searching for Sebald discusses key issues in his work in an unprecedented way: the relationship of Sebald to the virtues of photocopying; photography in the midst of writing, not as the shipwreck of the literary but as an accomplice of its insecurities, calling into question the documentary features of images..."
"[Searching for Sebald] is beautifully designed, printed, and bound to the highest standards, and reproduces visual material with exemplary clarity that puts the reproductions in other books on Sebald to shame.... The volume opens with Lise Patt's astonishing 80-page introduction... [which includes] an extremely detailed and valuable comparison of the changes in layout in the various German and English editions of Sebald's work."
"...a tribute to the writer's engagement with the semiotics of images and his wide scope of influence especially in the visual arts.... a richly generous book for literary scholars, visual artists and all readers of Sebald..."
"...meticulously and beautifully produced..."
"I've read a great deal of Sebald criticism, but this is the first collection that attempts to analyze Sebald's aesthetic while reproducing aspects of that aesthetic.