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This work, which combines published interviews with W.G. Sebald (1944-2001) with numerous essays on the German author, covers Sebald's literary influences, his complex interfamilial dealings, and his decision to settle in England in 1970. Sebald's great accomplishments were his ability to look at the German-Jewish relationship and the destruction of Germany in World War II with equal amounts of compassion and understanding. His works-including Vertigo, The Emigrants, On the Natural History of Destruction-deal with the themes of coincidence, memory, nature, writing, and destruction; his literary hallmarks are indirection, conjunction, and chance. In these interviews-those with Joseph Cuomo and Elizabeth Wachtel are especially noteworthy-Sebald discusses the models for his characters and the development of his works. Also fascinating are the essays by Charles Simic and Arthur Lubow. Novelist Schwartz's (The Writing on the Wall) fine editing allows different views of Sebald's work to emerge. Recommended for literature collections.