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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Perhaps it was because of this that, a year to the day after I began my tour, I was
taken into hospital in Norwich in a state of almost total immobility. It was then that
I began in my thoughts to write these pages. I can remember precisely how, ...
... who was, as I stood watching the city fade into the dying light, still alive in his
small house in the Portersfield Road, busy perhaps, preparing a seminar or
working on his study of Charles Ramuz, which had occupied him for many years.
Perhaps, as Browne says in a later note about the great fog that shrouded large
parts of England and Holland on the 27th of November 1674, it was the white
mist that rises from within a body opened presently after death, and which during
These are the circles Browne's thoughts describe, most unremittingly perhaps in
the Hydriotaphia or Urn Burial of 1658, a discourse on sepulchral urns found in a
field near Walsingham in Norfolk. Drawing upon the most varied of historical ...
For Browne, things of this kind, unspoiled by the passage of time, are symbols of
the indestructibility of the human soul assured by scripture, which the physician,
firm though he may be in his Christian faith, perhaps secretly doubts. And since ...
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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