Vertigo  by Sven Birkerts 

How far back can I trace what Stanislaw Lem called “the chain of chance”? This is hard to say. At what point was receptivity first awakened? The book that suddenly pounced is W. G. Sebald’s Vertigo, by a writer who is no simple business for me, and if a fuse was at some point lit, it took a very long time to burn down.