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Uwe Schütte

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780746312988

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780746312988.001.0001

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The Rings of Saturn (1995)

The Rings of Saturn (1995)

(p.72) 5 The Rings of Saturn (1995)
W.G. Sebald

Uwe Schütte

Liverpool University Press

In this chapter, Schütte considers The Rings of Saturn as Sebald’s masterpiece. He presents the book as much more than a portrayal of Suffolk and its environs, instead a work that freely crosses genres such as autobiography, biography, travelogue and meditative essay.It explores many of Sebald’s literary preoccupations including human’s natural history of destruction, and the author’s belief in the Holocaust as not a singular, incommensurable event, but part of a recurrent chain of disasters we all have a degree of guilt for.

Keywords:   Melancholia, Suffolk, Nature writing, Destruction, Humanity

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