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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And just as Gregor's dimmed eyes failed to recognize the quiet street where he
and his family had lived for years, taking Charlottenstraße for a grey wasteland,
so I too found the familiar city, extending from the hospital courtyards to the far ...
... 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.
In his thinking and writing he therefore sought to look upon earthly existence,
from the things that were closest to him to the spheres of the universe, with the
eye of an outsider, one might even say of the creator. His only means of
achieving the ...
Baldanders claims to have come from Paradise, to have always been in
Simplicius's company, unbeknownst to him, and to be unable to quit his side until
Simplicius shall have reverted to the clay he is made of. Then, before the very
eyes of ...
It's hard to imagine now, I was once told by someone who could remember the
turning sails in his childhood, that the white flecks of the windmills lit up the
landscape just as a tiny highlight brings life to a painted eye. And when those
bright little ...
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - datrappert - LibraryThing
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 - LibraryThing
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