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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... or the stem of the horsetail; and in the creations of mankind, in the pyramids of
Egypt and the mausoleum of Augustus as in the garden of King Solomon, which
was planted with mathematical precision with pomegranate trees and white lilies.
and then into a mighty oak, a sow, a sausage, a piece of excrement, a field of
clover, a white flower, a mulberry tree, and a silk carpet. Much as in this
continuous process of consuming and being consumed, nothing endures, in
... done, that the heathen were ignorant of life beyond death, to show which
Browne observes that the funeral pyres were built of sweet fuel, cypress, fir, yew,
and other trees perpetually verdant as silent expressions of their surviving hopes.
I walked down the deserted platform, to my left the seemingly endless expanses
of the marshes and to my right, beyond a low brick wall, the shrubs and trees of
the park. There was not a soul about, of whom one might have asked the way.
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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