James Wood is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of a novel, The Book Against God (2003), and five books of criticism, most recently The Nearest Thing to Life (2015). In 2009, he won the National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism. He is Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University.
This conversation was part of a series called The Writer, The Work, hosted by the PEN American Center. It took place in New York City on July 10, 1997, when the only book of W. G. Sebald’s in English . . .