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

  • Maire Jaanus Department of English, Barnard College and Department of English & Comparative Literature, Columbia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Barnard College 3009 Broadway New York, New York 10027
Keywords: 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”


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.


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