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The Rings of Saturn

(1998)
A novel by

 
 
The Rings of Saturn follows the triumph of Seybold's highly acclaimed American debut, The Emigrants (New Directions, 1996). A fictional account of a walking tour through England's East Anglia, Sebald's home for more than twenty years, The Rings of Saturn explores Britain's pastoral and imperial past. Its ten strange and beautiful chapters, with their curious archive of photographs, consider dreams and reality. As the narrator walks, a company of ghosts keeps him company-- Thomas Browne, Swinburne, Chateaubriand, Joseph Conrad, Borges--conductors between the past and present. The narrator meets lonely eccentrics inhabiting tumble-down mansions, and hears of the furious coastal battles of two world wars. He tells of far-off China and the introduction of the silk industry to Norwich. He walks to the now forsaken harbor where Conrad first set foot on English soil and visits the site of the once-great city of Dunwich, now sunk in the sea, where schools of herring swim. As the narrator catalogs the transmigration of whole worlds, the reader is mesmerized by change and oblivion, survival and memories. Blending fiction and history, Sebald's art is as strange and beautiful as the rings of Saturn, created from fragments of shattered moons.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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April 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Rings of Saturn: An English Pilgrimage (Panther S.)
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 1-86046-239-1 / 978-1-86046-239-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill P.
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May 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Rings of Saturn
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 0-8112-1378-1 / 978-0-8112-1378-3 (USA edition)
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June 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: Rings of Saturn: An English Pilgrimage (Panther S.)
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 1-86046-398-3 / 978-1-86046-398-3 (UK edition)
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rings Of Saturn: (Vintage Voyages)
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 1-78487-535-X / 978-1-78487-535-0 (UK edition)
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November 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Rings of Saturn
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 0-8112-2615-8 / 978-0-8112-2615-8 (USA edition)
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November 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rings Of Saturn: 1
Author(s): W G SEBALD
ISBN: 0-09-944892-0 / 978-0-09-944892-1 (UK edition)
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April 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rings Of Saturn: An English Pilgrimage (Panther S.)
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 1-86046-609-5 / 978-1-86046-609-0 (UK edition)
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April 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Rings of Saturn
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 0-8112-1413-3 / 978-0-8112-1413-1 (USA edition)
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June 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rings Of Saturn: An English Pilgrimage (Panther S.)
Author(s): W G Sebald
ISBN: 1-86046-399-1 / 978-1-86046-399-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Press
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Title: The Rings of Saturn
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November 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Rings Of Saturn
Author(s): W G Sebald
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