The long-form narrative fiction of W.G. Sebald forms a fitting end point for this collaborative book project on the modern concept of vocation, which my co-author and I understand as a sense of life purpose generated apart from all traditional and foundational sources of meaning making, and indeed, in the end, existing entirely apart from the concept of meaning itself. The early phases of our study concerned the initial development of this sense of secular vocation in the writings of the eighteenth century playwright, poet and novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who saw vocation as a life journey fraught with error, missteps, false starts and disasters, both grand and petty. The concept of vocation he developed was encapsulated in his belief in "Taetigkeit," a form of restless activity and ongoing engagement with the world, in the face of omnipresent failure and doubt. Phase II of this project will explore the concept of vocation present in the fiction of W.G. Sebald, whom we see as an heir to the tradition of secular vocation begun by Goethe. For his part, Sebald engages the postmodern reader with the results of this failure, writ both large and small, in the figures of historical disasters (World War II prime among them) and personal failures. Despite the bleak nature of the world humankind has created at the turn of the new millennium, Sebald still leaves room in his narrative world for the prospect of hope and for living with purpose, despite the enormity of the apparent disaster triumphant that surrounds us.