The Rings of Saturn Sebald W.G. April 1, 1999
In August 1992, W.G. Sebald set off on a walking tour of Suffolk, one of England’s least populated and most striking counties. A long project—presumably The Emigrants, his great anatomy of exile, loss, and identity—had left him spent. Initially his tour was a carefree one. Soon, however, Sebald was to happen upon “traces of destruction, reaching far back into the past,” in a series of encounters so intense that a year later he found himself in a state of collapse in a Norwich hospital.