Saturday, June 14, 2008


It is indeed my intention to reread all of Sebald. My experiences with him proved varied, but I find that the culprit may be resolved as myself. There is an anguished ease about his writing, a breezy despair that ripples the reader to ponder influences and coincidences.

I have begun with Vertigo, which was actually his first novel and I recall having read it last and it felt tired compared to the imperial accomplishment of Rings of Saturn. That will be my second reading, followed by Austerlitz.


Blogger jon faith said...

I awoke roughly, the paint fumes didn't exactly agree. Somehow through the groggy ache, the name Matthew Brady escaped. Somehow this conjectures Sebald.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Levi Stahl said...

I read Rings of Saturn about eight years ago and it didn't really work for me. But I've not been able to get Sebald out of my head; that, combined with the convincing praise of other trusted readers, has sent me back to him. I'll be giving him another try sometime this year.

9:05 AM  
Blogger edward parish said...

Research said novel and will likely see if the NAFC Library has it. I once started Rings of Saturn and could not mesh with the rythmn of the writing and put it away. Have gone a couple of days in between books, will see if this one can grasp my attention.
Thanks for the heads up...

5:12 PM  
Blogger jon faith said...

I finished Vertigo today, knuckling under the strain of the heat/paint fumes and hovering spectre of my father. I don't feel good at all, but Sebald has kept me engaged all day.

6:53 PM  

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