W.G. Sebald

W.G. Sebald died ten years ago. Across the Land and the Water, a selection of poems, will be published in November. ‘I Remember’ is one of only two poems in the book originally written in English.

Poem: ‘I Remember’

W.G. Sebald, 6 October 2011

The day in the year after the fall of the Soviet Empire

I shared a cabin on the ferry to the Hoek of Holland with

a lorry driver from Wolverhampton. He & twenty others were

taking super- annuated trucks to Russia but other than that

he had no idea where they were heading. The gaffer was in control &

anyway it was an adventure good money & all the driver said

smoking a Golden...

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