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Rings of Saturn : Vintage Classics - W G Sebald

Rings of Saturn

Vintage Classics


Published: 1st November 2002
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Hugely original and erudite travelogue-come-memoir from one of Europe's most lauded writers

The Rings Of Saturn begins as the record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia. From Lowestoft to Bungay, Sebald's own story becomes the conductor of evocations of people and cultures past and present: of Chateaubriand, Thomas Browne, Swinburne and Conrad, of fishing fleets, skulls and silkworms. The result is an intricately patterned and haunting book on the transience of all things human.

About the Author

W. G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgäu, in the Bavarian Alps, in 1944. He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland and Manchester. In 1966 he took up a position as an assistant lecturer at the University of Manchester, settling permanently in England in 1970. He was professor of Modern German Literature at the University of East Anglia, and is the author of The Emigrants which won the Berlin Literature Prize, the Literatur Nord Prize and the Johannes Bobrowski Medal, The Rings Of Saturn and Austerlitz. W. G. Sebald died in 2001.



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A fascinating read,


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      Comments about Rings of Saturn:

      An unusual but fascinating read, A remarkable blend of rendering landscape and unusual historical anecdote. A very gifted writer,
      The photographs and drawings were interesting. It left me a little sadbut I would highly recommend it and I would like to read more of his work.

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      "Sebald is the Joyce of the 21st Century" The Times "Most writers, even good ones, write of what can be written... The very greatest write of what cannot be written... I think of Akhmatova and Primo Levi, for example, and of W. G. Sebald" New York Times "The finest book of long-distance mental travel that I've ever read" Jonathan Raban, Times Literary Supplement "A desperate intensity of feeling is thrillingly counterpoised by the workings of a wonderfully learned and rigorous mind" Sunday Times "A great, strange and moving work" James Wood, Guardian

      ISBN: 9780099448921
      ISBN-10: 0099448920
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 304
      Published: 1st November 2002
      Publisher: Vintage Publishing
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.7  x 2.5
      Weight (kg): 0.29
      Edition Number: 1