Austerlitz by W.G Sebald

by viktoria vdovina

While reading the book Austerlitz by W.G Sebald one of the things that stood out to me the most was the style and the structure of the novel. The novel had extremely long and intricate sentences that would go on for pages and pages. When Austerlitz was describing Theresienstadt the sentence was almost nine pages long (Austerlitz 236-245). The entire book just felt like one huge paragraph and felt very depressing. There weren’t any chapters and only a few paragraph breaks. I feel like because of the structure of the novel the entire book felt very unsettling and weird. The questions that I came up with for the class are: why do you think the author structured the novel this way? What effect does it have on the story?