Between The Ears: Sebald's Apocalyptic Vision (The Rings Of Saturn)

Saturday 8 June

9.00pm-9.30pm

BBC RADIO 3

This Between The Ears offers an insight into one of the strangest and most original writers of the 20th Century: WG Sebald.

Polymathic and profound, the intricacies of Sebald's writing cannot be summarised or explained; but this programme explores a few of the themes that most preoccupied Sebald in his life and writing - in particular, exile and the memory of war.

A voluntary emigrant from Germany to England, Sebald settled in East Anglia in 1970. The Rings Of Saturn, a book first published in German in 1995, recounts a long walk down the coast, from Somerleyton to Orford. This programme introduces The Rings Of Saturn through readings, interspersed with music and sound, archive and interviews; but it also shows Sebald's contemporary importance in a world in which the significance of history, time and place can so easily be pushed aside and replaced by a virtual sense of time and space on screen.

Directed by Katie Mitchell.

Producer/ Isabel Sutton for the BBC

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