Well thank you very much for sharing your great enthusiasm about this author. But we seem (and that's a good thing) to have very different tastes since I found timbuktu was a real let down (the only one for the whole of Paul Auster's writings) and disliked Murakami (the book I read, kafka on the shore, was rather quite bad (the one with the cat-language-speaking-mentally-ill character meeting a character dressed as the Johnnny Walker Whisky Logo - , very MTV, but not really insightful). But hey, maybe I should try another one as, after all, had I started Auster with timbuktu I wouldn't have carried on, and what a mistake that would have been...)
Still, I've checked up on WG Sebald, and while he seems to receive a lot of praise and I have little doubt he's an outstanding writer, the themes he's writing about are (once again) post WWII and the Holocaust and post nazi germany trauma, or some immediate after war travels around Europe. Very grounded in reality and yes, about memory, but actual collective memory, to the point his work his often described as as social history. Just not the fictional all created imaginay environment I'm longing for from auster's books. Indeed I fail to see the connection with Auster. Or if there's one I'm affraid it's too remote for me.
I'm sure WG seblad is a fantastic writer, but I must seek and try to find someone closer, which is the object of this thread.