The Rings of Saturn
New Directions Publishing, 08.11.2016 - 304 Seiten
"The book is like a dream you want to last forever" (Roberta Silman, The New York Times Book Review), now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter MendelsundThe 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."
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But then without warning last May Michael, who had not been seen for some
days, was found dead in his bed, lying on his side and already quite rigid, his
face curiously mottled with red blotches. The inquest concluded that he had died
... that gave Rembrandt his commission, that the painter identifies. His gaze alone
is free of Cartesian rigidity. He alone sees that greenish annihilated body, and he
alone sees the shadow in the half-open mouth and over the dead man's eyes.
... cranes, the sepulchral cells of pismires and practice of bees; which civil society
carrieth out their dead, and hath exequies, if not internments, he describes the
funeral rites of numerous peoples before coming to the Christian religion, which ...
Browne records other objects known to have been placed with the dead, whether
as ornament or utensil. His catalogue includes a variety of curiosities: the
circumcision knives of Joshua, the ring which belonged to the mistress of
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After being very impressed by Austerlitz, I bought the Kindle version of the Rings of Saturn, which was on sale at a bargain price. First, I highly recommend reading Sebald's work on Kindle because he ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - MichaelODullard - www.librarything.com
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 ... Vollständige Rezension lesen