This book focuses on W. G. Sebald's life and works — as teacher, as scholar and critic, as colleague and as collaborator on translation. It contains a number of rediscovered short pieces by Sebald, hitherto unpublished interviews, a catalogue of his library, and selected poems and tributes.
1. Introduction Part I: The Writer in Context 2. A Childhood in the Allgäu: Wertach, 1944–52 3. The Sternheim Years: W. G. Sebald’s Lehrjahre and Theatralische Sendung 1963–75 4. At the University: W. G. Sebald in the Classroom 5. A Watch on Each Wrist: Twelve Seminars with W. G. Sebald 6. The Crystal Mountain of Memory: W. G. Sebald as a University Teacher 7. Against Germanistik: W. G. Sebald’s Critical Essays 8. Englishing Max 9. Translating W. G. Sebald — With and Without the Author 10. Sebald's Photographic Annotations 11. The Disappearance of the Author in the Work: Some Reflections on W. G. Sebald's Nachlass in the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach 12. Bibliotheca abscondita: On W. G. Sebald's Library 13. Afterword: Max Sebald: A Reminiscence Lyrisches Intermezzo 14. For my Friend, Max Sebald 15. For Max 16. Redundant Epitaphs 17. Il ritorno in patria Part II: The Writer in Dialogue 18. Rediscovered' Pieces by W. G. Sebald 19. Three Conversations with W. G. Sebald 20. A Catalogue of W. G. Sebald's Library Part III: A Bibliographic Survey 21. Primary Bibliography 22. Secondary Bibliography 23. Reviews of Works by W. G. Sebald 24. Audio-Visual Bibliography 25. An Index to Interviews with W. G. Sebald 26. W. G. Sebald: A Chronology