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The Rings of Saturn

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A book by W. G. Sebald

In August 1992, W.G. Sebald set off on a walking tour of Suffolk, one of England's least populated and most striking counties. A long project--presumablyThe Emigrants, his great anatomy of exile, loss, and identity--had left him spent. Initially his … see full wiki

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Author: W. G. Sebald
Publisher: New Directions
1 review about The Rings of Saturn

Another intoxicating, idiosycratic masterpiece

  • Oct 14, 1998
Rating:
+5
Having read "The Emigrants" and being amazed that I had not heard about this author, so fine and unique was his first "translated" book, I grabbed the first volume of "The Rings of Saturn" I could find. And not only does this latest lyrically sad yet beautiful little book equal its predessor, it surpasses. The technique of including "snapshots" in this quasihistorical meandering enhances the illusion that the novel is reportage. There are sufficient facts and places to make the sojourn credible; the joy of the work is unwinding all the cosmic threads that so accurately detail the spirit of our times. I can only hope that this poet continues to grace our literature with like memorable time pieces. One caution: this is not a book to leave by th ebedside for multiple nights' readings. Be prepared to give him your all until the final page - and in one sitting!

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