The Rings of Saturn

W G Sebald (Author) Michael Hulse (Translator)
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Description

The Rings of Saturn--with its curious archive of photographs--records a walking tour of the eastern coast of England. A few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) are lonely eccentrics, Sir Thomas Browne's skull, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, recession-hit seaside towns, wooded hills, Joseph Conrad, Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson," the natural history of the herring, the massive bombings of WWII, the dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, and the silk industry in Norwich. W.G. Sebald's The Emigrants (New Directions, 1996) was hailed by Susan Sontag as an "astonishing masterpiece perfect while being unlike any book one has ever read." It was "one of the great books of the last few years," noted Michael Ondaatje, who now acclaims The Rings of Saturn "an even more inventive work than its predecessor, The Emigrants."

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
November 08, 2016
Pages
304
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.9 X 7.9 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811226158
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About the Author

W. G. Sebald was born in Germany in 1944 and died in 2001. He is the author of The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo, Austerlitz, After Nature, On the Natural History of Destruction, Unrecounted and Campo Santo
Michael Hulse is an English translator, critic, and poet. Hulse has translated more than sixty books from the German.

Reviews

Think of W.G. Sebald as memory's Einstein.--Richard Eder
He is an addiction, and, once button-holed by his books, you have neither the wish nor the will to tear yourself away.--Anthony Lane
An extraordinary palimpsest of nature, human, and literary history.--Merle Rubin
Sublime.--Cynthia Ozick
Out of exquisitely attuned feeling for the past, Sebald fashioned an entirely new form of literature. I've read his books countless times trying to understand how he did it. In the end, I can only say that he practiced a kind of magic born out of almost supernatural sensitivity.--Nicole Krauss
In Sebald's writing, everything is connected, everything webbed together by the unseen threads of history, or chance, or fate, or death... beautiful and unsettling, elevated into an art of the uncanny--an art that was, in the end, Sebald's strange and inscrutable gift.
The first thing to be said about W. G. Sebald's books is that they always had a posthumous quality to them. He wrote--as was often remarked--like a ghost. He was one of the most innovative writers of the late twentieth century, and yet part of this originality derived from the way his prose felt exhumed from the nineteenth.--Geoff Dyer