There is a tendency to revere Sebald as if he had exploded onto the literary scene fully-formed, as adult Athena burst forth from Zeus's forehead, but of course this is not true.
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In her long-awaited third novel, Nicole Krauss makes no attempts at a grand statement. Yet this work does make clear that the task of tying together a...
The novel begins to close itself to the writer who built it out of her private concerns and instincts. She who knows its measurements exactly, who invented its inner workings, begins little by little to forget how it was made.
Krauss does not share, for instance, Jonathan Franzen's preoccupation with an accretion of detail in the service of social commentary; if anything, she is the antithesis of Franzen.
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