Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sebald Conference Report

via complete review, a brief report in The Independent about a recent conference on W G Sebald's works at the university of east anglia:

"The main debate, it seemed, was over genre. The essayist from Utah claimed him for his tribe, as he put it. The novelist from Missouri said he was clearly in hers. The Hungarian poet put him in poetry. Down on the seafront at Southwold, which is described in The Rings of Saturn and whither his colleague and oldest friend, Professor Turner, led a coach party, one understood him suddenly as a great spinner of yarns."