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Austerlitz & After: Tracking Sebald in pre-order

Test Centre presents Iain Sinclair’s new booklet Austerlitz & After: Tracking Sebald, available to pre-order now.

An unused, adapted section from Iain’s forthcoming book American Smoke (due to publishing in November 2013), it recounts an East London walk in the late German author’s footsteps. In the company of Sebald’s friend, the poet Stephen Watts, the narrative moves from Liverpool Street through Spitalfields to the Jewish burial grounds at Brady Street and Alderney Road, considering along the way Sebald in life – his experience of London, his writing methods, and his residence in Norwich – and in death.Simultaneously it tells of Iain’s history in the same terrain, whilst through its use of images (a nod to Sebald) it provides an insight into his approach to composition. His American adventure flanked by the tale of the actress Gemma McCluskie, finally discovered in the Regent’s Canal, he attempts to write himself out of his locale.Austerlitz & After is available in an edition of 300 copies, of which 26 have buckram covers, are lettered and contain additional holographic material from Iain. Standard edition copies will be dispatched on 8th April, while special edition will follow later that week.

To pre-order and for more information, please visit: http://www.testcentre.org.uk/publications.html

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