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EUS-On History - Papaila Alexa 1 An Analysis of Sebald's On the Natural History of Destruction Winfried Sebald's On the Natural History of

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Papaila, Alexa 1 An Analysis of Sebald’s On the Natural History of Destruction Winfried Sebald’s On the Natural History of Destruction  has received countless  accolades for his unique ability to discuss one of the least examined “silences” of our  time. Sebald denounces the post-war era of Germany, calling for national and scholarly  attention that had previously been relatively neglected. Though his critique is effective in  fostering much needed consideration, his manner of revealing the matter warrants a  critique of it’s own.   Analysis of Sebald’s work Zuckerman-a writer commissioned to visit Germany at the end of WWII to describe the  damage-returned to Britain with nothing more than his intended title. Like many writers  of the time, what he saw he couldn’t gather the strength to write. In a review published  shortly after the publication of Sebald’s book, Richard Eder of the New York Times  noted “Most writers, even good ones, write of what can be written; and move by their  own angles into the discourse of their day. The very greatest write of what cannot be  written; gravitating not toward the discourse but toward the silence.” 1  On the Natural   History of Destruction  distinguishes Sebald as one of these “very greatest,” having the  ability to write about a period in which so many other writers simply failed.  1 Eder, Richard, “Books of the Times: Giving Voice to an Awkward Silence in Germany,” New York Times 5 Dec. 2003.
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Papaila, Alexa 2 Separate from his ability to appropriately bring the subject to light is Sebald’s unique  criticism of the era of writers that, in his mind, failed. They failed to uphold the demands  of their chosen roles as writers by remaining silent. The silence is "very understandable,"  Sebald notes, "if one remembers that the Germans, who had proposed to cleanse and 
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