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The Rings of Saturn Cover Image
By W. G. Sebald, Michael Hulse (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811214131
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 17th, 1999

Though Austerlitz is his best known and most novelistic work, this book reveals that Sebald descends from a long tradition of great essayists by showcasing his particular genius for blending history, fiction, and art/cultural criticism. Topics as seemingly disparate as burial rites, the rise and decline of herring fisheries, silk trade, Rembrandt's painting of a medical dissection, and the ritualization of imperial power in China are woven together through a walking tour of Suffolk that transforms the English coast into a landscape of memory and reminds us how many unique, unknown histories coincide in every moment of our experience.