Place in the Country
- Author: Sebald, W. G.
- ISBN: 9780141037011
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Written at the height of his career, A Place in the Country is W.G. Sebald's lyrical homage to six writers and artists who greatly influenced him in his life and work. Leading us from Johann Peter Hebel's musings on the cosmos, via Rousseau's period of solitude on the idyllic Ile Saint-Pierre, to the haunting 'photographic' quality of Jan Peter Tripp's paintings, Sebald blends time and space, language and culture to recreate these intriguing personalities and the places they inhabited. Filled with wonder, admiration and a certain kind of gratitude, these insightful essays reveal the beauty that inspired a remarkable writer. 'Confirms Sebald as one of Europe's most mysterious and best-loved literary imaginations.' Evening Standard 'A beautiful book . . . about the crazy quest for meaning, and how we persist with it, despite the shadows that slide towards us.' Joanna Kavenna, Spectator 'Affirms his ability to make his own obsessions ours too.' Tim Adams, Guardian 'An intimate anatomy of the pathos, absurdity and perverse splendour of trying to find patterns in the chaos of the world.' Jane Shilling, Telegraph