One of the author's top ten books about Manchester, as shared at the Guardian:
The Emigrants by WG SebaldRead about the other entries on the list.
Sebald, before his untimely death, was rumoured by many to be in line for the Nobel prize. His Manchester of the 1960s is one wearied and worn down; a stark, near-deserted cityscape that the narrator wanders through disconsolately until meeting the painter Max Ferber. For readers who grew up in the south of the city, there’s a particular thrill in seeing its neighbourhoods subject to Sebald’s attention. Travelling from the airport early one morning, the narrator passes through “the not unhandsome suburbs of Gatley, Northenden and Didsbury”.
The Emigrants is among Rabih Alameddine's six favorite novels.