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BWW Lit Group – W. G. Sebald’s “Trilogy”

August 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the BWW Lit Group as we discuss W. G. Sebald’s Trilogy “Vertigo”, “The Emigrants”, “The Rings of Saturn” over 9 weeks beginning July 26

“(W. G. Sebald has been) recognised as one of the most contemporary of writers. His eerie, piebald, polymorphous narratives – with their infrequent paragraph breaks, their wanderingly long sentences, and their embedded black and white photographs – have attracted the attention of architects, poets, artists, psychoanalysts, philosophers, geographers and historians, as well as hundreds of thousands of “ordinary” readers.

…most people who write about reading Sebald use the language of hypnosis or narcosis to describe the effect that his work has had on them. They reach for words like “compulsive” and “mesmeric”; terms that testify to a sense of a powerful brain-magic having been worked, to readers having been forced to think in ways beyond their volition or their control.” – Robert MacFarlane

A weekly breakdown and schedule for W. G. Sebald’s Trilogy (page numbers from New Directions Books editions):


July 26: Pages 3 through 90

August 2: Pages 90 through 167

August 9: Pages 171 through end

“The Emigrants”

August 16: Pages 3 through 63

August 23: Pages 67 through 145

August 30: Pages 149 through end

“The Rings of Saturn”

September 6: Pages 3 through 99

September 13: Pages 103 through 190

September 20: Pages 193 through end

Same breakdown by sentence or section (for other editions or ebook):


July 26: beginning through “…I took my bag down from the luggage net and got out.”

August 2: “It will have been close on four in the afternoon . . .” through Chapter III: Dr K. Takes the Waters at Riva

August 9: Chapter IV: Il ritorno in patria through end

“The Emigrants”

August 16: beginning through Paul Bereyter

August 23: Ambros Adelwarth through Ambros Adelwarth

August 30: Max Ferber through end

“The Rings of Saturn”

September 6: beginning through Chapter IV

September 13: Chapter V through Chapter VII

September 20: Chapter VIII through end

Please view for schedule of upcoming BWW workshops including future BWW Lit Group book selections.


August 23
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Michael Sevy

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