Walking, Researching, Remembering: W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn as Essay --- Patrick Madden | Numéro Cinq
This essay is notionally about W. G. Sebald's discursive, essayistic novels, especially The Rings of Saturn, but then Patrick wanders off and talks about the nature of the essay itself, the nature of creative nonfiction, the fictional aspects of nonfiction and the nonfictional aspects of fiction, and the way he likes to write his own essays (maybe a dozen different topics---you count). In effect, he incarnates the form (of the essay) in his discussion of the essay and Sebald as essayist in the most amiable and slyly convincing manner. An amiable and charming tour de force...
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