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The Rings Of Saturn: 1 Paperback – 1 Apr 2013
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A Walking tour through the haunted landscapes of the past, in the company of the exiled and the departed. The Rings of Saturn begins as the record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia. From Lowestoft to Southwold 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 book unlike any other in contemporary literature, an intricately patterned and endlessly thought-provoking meditation on the transience of all things human.See all Product description
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His constant leaps of consciousness from what he was viewing to what he was remembering from an impressively erudite past became increasingly compelling. I learned much of fascination.
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