Review: Joy Williams on a New Biography of W. G. Sebald (Part One)

Speak Silence, by Carole Angier, is not an authorized biography of the writer W. G. Sebald. It’s uncertain that there will ever be one. His wife and daughter have refused to speak with interviewers since his death as have many of his acquaintances. Carole Angier thanks his wife anyway—“Ute Sebald, who did not wish to speak but put no obstacles in my way…

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