This book contains four essays, the final three (which I did not read) dealing with three writers I do not know: Alfred Andersch, Jean Améry, Peter Weiss. The opening essay, which anchors the book (and is 48% of the book) deals with the interesting topic of the German cultural amnesia regarding the devastation they suffered from the allied bombing of German cities. The essay is clear and contains some interesting points. Sebald believes that contemporary Germans suffer from a sort of cognitive disconnect that comes from denying the fact of their trauma -- AND the fact that they themselves quite obviously were the ultimate cause of that trauma. For those seeking to understand the strange psychology of the Germans that is on display today in the current crisis, this essay will repay the effort of reading it.