The “Black Sounds” of Ene Mihkelson’s Katkuhaud (‘Plague Grave’) and W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz. Part II. Memory and Emotion

Maire Jaanus


Part I of this article appeared in Interlitteraria 2016, 21/2. Part II elaborates on how Mihkelson and Sebald represent their experiences of emotional memory and their feelings of fear, grief, emptiness, and loneliness – in the post-World War II and our historical era. In its comparisons of Mihkelson and Sebald, and both with Lorca, the essay stresses the emotional affinities between human beings that may exist alongside linguistic, historical, political, and other cultural differences.


Ene Mihkelson; Katkuhaud (Plague Grave); W. G. Sebald; Austerlitz; Frederico Garcia Lorca; Play and Theory of the Duende; Octavio Paz; memory; fear; hate; love as “giving what one does not have”

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