The Rings Of Saturn: An English Pilgrimage (W. G. Winfried Georg Sebald)

The Rings Of Saturn: An English Pilgrimage (W. G. [Winfried Georg] Sebald) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Travel section. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

London: The Harvill Press, 1998, Paperback.

Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: The Rings of Saturn records a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia, the authors home for more than twenty years; it is also an exploration of Englands pastoral and imperial past. The narrator extends the horizons of Suffolk to embrace the exploitation in the Congo witnessed by Joseph Conrad and Roger Casement, the succession to the Dragon throne in Chinese history, the lives and writings of Thomas Browne, Jorge Luis Borges, Chateaubriand, silkworm cultivation, Irelands troubles, and the ethnic cleansing carried out fifty years ago in Bosnia.

As the thread of the story re-emerges in Suffolk, the narrator experiences Lowestoft, ponders the battle of Sole Bay while passing through Southwold, and visits a local who has spent years building a model of the Temple of Jerusalem. Sebald gathers on the way a company of ghosts conductors between past and present founders of great estates and their successors, fishing fleets and naval battles, dreams and reality.

The Rings of Saturn follows the trails of destruction human beings have wrought on themselves, and yet it is an unremittingly fascinating blend of fiction, autobiography, and history. Its narratives are unfolded with a melancholy ever the domain of Saturn and, like its rings, created from the fragments of shattered worlds.

Very Good. Leans slightly.

296 pages. 8¼” x 5¾”.

sebald, 1860463991, books translated by michael hulse]

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