The Rings of Saturn
Shortlisted for the 1998 Los Angeles Times Book Award in Fiction: "Stunning and strange . . . Sebald has done what every writer dreams of doing. . . . The book is like a dream you want to last forever. . . . It glows with the radiance and resilience of the human spirit."—Roberta Silman, The New York Times Book Review"Ostensibly
a record of a journey on foot through coastal ...more
In the autumn of 1993 I undertook a walking tour of Sherwood high street in the folorn hope of throwing off a sense of crepuscular ennui which enfolds me whenever I complete one of my walking tours. As I made my way up drab Haydn Road, an epitome of suburban English squalidness, I observed a man walking a dog which could only be a Labrador. The Portuguese explorer-merchants Joao Fernandes and Pero de Bercelos named the land and the canine variety unknowingly in 1500 in a cartographical inexactit ...more
C’è un viandante che negli anni Novanta del secolo scorso se ne va a piedi attraverso la contea di Suffolk, in East Anglia, che non è proprio il primo posto che viene voglia di visitare nel Regno Unito di Gran Bretagna (è però il primo posto da dove partivano gli aerei alleati che andavano a bombardare a tappeto la Germania nazista, come racconta lo stesso Sebald in Storia naturale della distruzione).
Come si vede nella magnifica foto riproposta in copertina, calza sti ...more
When this thought first occurred to me, it made me laugh and think that perhaps Albion should be offended. But, given the books in question and what these literary rambles inspired, I think there really is no choice but to be flattered.
In the early 1990s, Seb ...more
Un libro strano, difficile, faticoso e bellissimo: non solo parole, pensieri, riflessioni ma, per tenerci ancorati alla realtà, anche fotografie a formare un tutt’uno col testo. Sebald cammina, si guarda intorno, osserva, e ogni cosa su cui posa lo sguardo diventa spunto narrativo, colore, profumo, memoria, malinconia… la realtà prende vita sotto il suo sguardo, parla, si svela dentro una miriade di storie diverse, le più disparate e insolite, narrate minuziosamente o appena abboz ...more
It was difficult to imagine the holidaymakers and commercial travelers who would want to stay there, nor was it easy…to recognize the Albion as the “hotel on the promenade of a superior description” recommended in my guidebook, which had been published shortly after the turn of the century.
Of course this connoisseur of desuetude, this dreamer on oblivion, tramps about with a lapsed guide book. The better to savor what’s disappeared from the land ...more
… the signpost left by the author says Dunwich heath
A travelogue? Perhaps. We read of the narrator's perambulations around, through, along – but also simply ruminating on – places to be found mostly in Suffolk, the English county ...more
Como todo o leitor merece ler Os Anéis De Saturno e sei que palavras minhas não serão suficientes para vos fazer acreditar nele, transcrevo, do meu exemplar d'A Herança Perdida, alguns excertos (adaptados) do ensaio de James Wood, intitulado A Incerteza de W. G. Sebald, escrito dois anos antes da morte de Sebald:
"ANGUSTIADA, ARROJADA, EXTREMA, SILENCIOSA - apen...more
Ο χρόνος είναι ο βασικός πρωταγωνιστής που στο πέρασμά του μεταμορφώνει τα πάντα, άλλοτε εξυψώνοντάς τα και άλλοτε βυθίζοντάς τα στην παρακμή, στην εγκατάλειψη και ...more
Não sendo um livro de viagens, é uma viagem pelas memórias melancólicas do narrador, um périplo através de histórias que se sucedem harmoniosamente, ora emocionantes, ora terrificas, ora simplesmente ...more
“Ho camminato per quasi quattro ore e non ho visto altro, sino alla linea dell'orizzonte, che campi di grano tutti già mietuti, ho visto il cielo, carico di nuvole basse, e le fattorie, a due o tre miglia di distanza l'una dall'altra, per lo più circondate da un'aureola di alberi. Non ho incontrato un solo veicolo mentre avanzavo su quel rettilineo apparentemente infinito, e non sapevo né allora né so oggi se quel mio solitario incedere fosse per me benefico o tormentoso. A ...more
I've asked people why they think Sebald is popular. One fairly broad response was: his wor ...more
I just re-read this book a few days ago and reading back on my initial impression of Sebald is both humbling and embarrassing. I kind of missed the point, didn't I?
I still see what I was saying back then, and think you have to either be in a certain mood or be willing to be enchanted into that mood in order to fall in love with this work. Nevertheless, I am glad I didn't give up on him and moved on to read his entire works. This book, on second read, is the least memoir- ...more
Sebald's words, not mine. But apt.
Perhaps it's Summer. The tomatoes are ripening but stinkbugs and a chipmunk are fighting me for the harvest. The local nine have teased me after 18 losing seasons but they can not beat the Brewers ever and sometimes not even the Cubs. A new iphone beckons w ...more
New homes and a safely surveyed life often prove to be mixed wagers. Sebald grounds one in the quotidian. Even as he unnerves with a passing query, a nagging thorn of dissociation. Commerce and legacy are tainted. The inherito ...more
The book consists of a walk along the Suffolk coast of England, and the many observations that the unnamed narrator makes on his journey. These digressions are quite amazing in their erudition and detail. For example, on the narrator's stay in Southw ...more
Page 42: Still flawlessly written, if gyratory.
Page 117: These chapters are concentric circles.
Page 210: I’m hard-pressed to find many analogues thatZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ...more
I was really, really, going for it, until a certain moment, my ‘event horizon’, and then, I wasn’t. The book didn’t take I turn: I did. Perhaps unfair prejudice and resentment overwhelmed me and I went over to the ‘dark side’.
I will confess to being an ignoramus: I didn’t know the fir ...more
Well, I'm quite pleased to finally know what all the fuss is about over Sebald. I will be reading more of him for certain. His perambulatory narrative, couched in an irresistibly digressive style, captivated me immediately. Gladly I followed him down an ever-extending prosaic warren peopled with delightfully eccentric historical figures and chock full of anecdotes that he may or may not properly recall all the details of but are fascinating nonetheless (and did not particularly compel me to fact ...more
Limpid, lucid, uncategorizable, learned, lovely, reverent, informative, dreamlike, dark, deep, addictive, poetic, Meaningful, unique, seductive....
Here's a part of a small paper I did on this book for a class a couple of years ago. I've been meaning to add this, since I really loved and was provoked by this book...
I intended to write this essay about Waiting For The Barbarians and how the Magistrate’s story is tied in to the desire to become an authentic self. The Magistrate, after a life ...more
This book gave me a different literary experience. I began the book expecting something and ended up with many surprises. I began the book thinking of it as a piece of literature related to travel. But the book had much in store for me - history, biography, literary criticism, art criticism, science, photography, natural history, etc.
Later I found that this book is normally defined as: Combining the details of a walking tour with meditations prompted by places and people enc ...more
Quale lettura migliore, dopo Le lune di Giove (potrei continuare con Il delta di Venere e Sotto i venti di Nettuno: La luna e i falò l’ho già letto). Accompagniamo Sebald nel suo viaggio a piedi lungo la costa del Suffolk, attraversando brughiere e località balneari sul mare del Nord spazzate dai venti. Winfried intanto ci racconta paesaggi, persone ed eventi, come una battaglia navale che si svolse nella baia alla quale siamo arrivati, la flotta olandese che esce in ...more
In order to pre-empt any petitions for pardon that might have been made by persons of influence, excerpts from what was known as the Black Diary, a kind of chronicle of the accused’s homosexual relations found when Casement’s home was searched, were forwarded to the King of England, the President of the United States, and the...more
It’s probably best suited for those interested in history, trivia, or just beautiful writing. While ostensibly recounting a long country stroll taken ...more
When I began reading The Rings of Saturn I knew next to nothing about the book. Sure, I knew that it was structured as as wal ...more
am decis să recitesc câteva cărți ale autorilor contemporani favoriți - așa că, după 2 ani de la apariție, am recitit a doua carte tradusă din opera autorului german winfried georg sebald - autor cult pentru conaisseuri livrești.
asta după citisem prin 2010 - ȘOCAT! - capodopera sa, austerlitz, despre care am scris imediat entuziast aici.
sebald atrage cititorul în pânza de păianjen a poveștii autobiografice. apoi începe să te înfășoare cu alte povești enciclopedice, ...more
Wanneer ik besprekingen lees over Sebalds ringen van ...more
I have previously indicated that the spirit of W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn hovers over my own efforts in A Certain Gesture: Evnine’s Batman Meme Project and Its Parerga!. I first read the Sebald six or seven years ago. In the course of his loosely connected, almost free associative, wanderings fro ...more
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