The Rings of Saturn

The Rings of Saturn (Paperback)

By Winfried Georg Sebald 
Publisher: Vintage Books
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0099448920
EAN: 9780099448921
No. of Units: 1
Publish Date: 2002-11-7
Binding: Paperback
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Title: The Rings of Saturn
Publisher: Vintage Books
Author: Winfried Georg Sebald
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0099448920
EAN: 9780099448921
No. of Units: 1
Publish Date: 2002-11-7
Binding: Paperback

The Rings of Saturn Review

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By Sanjay Solanki, 2011-10-10 11:19:44.0

Carried aloft on the splendid prose, though losing something in translation, this multifaceted semifictional flight of Sebald’s is absolute wonder, fit to be front-shelved by every serious reader of fiction and non-fiction. It deals with places, men, history and literature in a way no work does, describing the author’s journey through East Anglia mostly on foot, and engages with Thomas Browne, Rembrandt’s “Anatomy Lesson,” Conrad and Roger Casement’s report on Congo exploitation and his activism on the Ireland question to his final execution, Taiping mass suicide of 1864, two World Wars, and Serbian atrocities which can be paralleled only by Auschwitz in the human history. It is a sepia-print experience, at once wondrous and distancing. Some prefer to call it a novel and would rather have novel open out this way from places and people and their past. It reminds me of Naipaul’s The Enigma of Arrival, published some years before it, that is in 1987. It was less factual and historicist in its approach and more meditative in its socio-historical analyses, therefore, more deeply humanly-entrenched in its concerns. However, despite quite differently oriented, both these works strike nearly same notes – at least to me – in the heart of the reader: that of the inevitable loss, turning of the tide, and ineluctable reduction of grand human designs to humble and humbling dust; classic case of converging of literature to the human concerns, its one and only loftiest aim.


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