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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... previous summer had now shrunk once and for all to a single, blind, insensate
spot. Indeed, all that could be seen of the world from my bed was the colourless
patch of sky framed in the window. Several times during the day I felt a desire to.
Several times during the day I felt a desire to assure myself of a reality I feared
had vanished forever by looking out of that hospital window, which, for some
strange reason, was draped with black netting, and as dusk fell the wish became
I could not help thinking of the scene in which poor Gregor Samsa, his little legs
trembling, climbs the armchair and looks out of his room, no longer remembering
(so Kafka's narrative goes) the sense of liberation that gazing out of the window ...
... light brightened the sky, I saw a vapour trail cross the segment framed by my
window. At the time I took that white trail for a good omen, but now, as I look back,
I fear it marked the beginning of a fissure that has since riven my life. The aircraft
It was on a grey, overcast day in August 1992 that I travelled down to the coast in
one of the old diesel trains, grimed with oil and soot up to the windows, which ran
from Norwich to Lowestoft at that time. The few passengers that there were sat ...
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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