Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald’s new book is a work of imaginative literature, the fictional record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia, Sebald’s home for the last 20 years. It is also an exploration of England’s pastoral and imperial past.
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 a rich meditation on the past via a melancholy trip along the Suffolk coast, and an intricately patterned and haunting book on the transience of all things human.
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