Title Profile & Character Information

Austerlitz

Annotation
"Over thirty years, in the course of conversations that take place across Europe, a man named Jacques Austerlitz tells a nameless companion of his ongoing struggle with the riddle of his identity. A small child when he immigrates alone to England in the summer of 1939, Austerlitz is told nothing of his real family by the Welsh couple who raise him, and he strains to orient himself in a world whose natural reference points have been obliterated. When he is a much older man, fleeting childhood memories return to him, and he obeys an instinct he only dimly understands and follows their trail back to the vanished world he left behind a half century before, the void at the heart of twentieth-century Europe."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2001  New York Times Editors' Choice
2002  National Book Critics Circle Awards
2002  American Library Association Notable Books
2002  Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Characters
NameUnnamed
GenderMale

NameAusterlitz, Jacques
GenderMale
OccupationArchitectural historian
TraitsCzech
Orphan
Foster child
Retired

GenreDomestic
Psychological
Fiction
TopicsChance meetings
Friendship
Family histories
Childhood memories
World War II
Jewish Holocaust
Orphans
Refugees
Identity