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In the Light of What We Know

The best book I read in 2014, and easily the most ambitious. In its complex, layered depiction of a friendship between a Kensington banker and a former international human rights lawyer who has been missing in Afghanisatan for several years, the story’s scope takes in the whole of the first decade of this century, from the beginning of the War on Terror all the way to the financial crisis of 2008, and does so in a way that totally avoids both plodding chronology and wilful confusion. 66 more words

“The great pain of separation ..before going to sleep or when I was tiding my things.” – W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

Lacanian Separation

Butterflies III

Accordingly, the narrator’s visit to the salt-frames towards novel’s end yields the only conclusion that can be provided on the issue of memory (albeit an “unsatisfactory” one). 533 more words


Butterflies II

By way of contrast with his mother, Max Ferber’s encounter with his own butterfly man elucidates the particularities of this negative dynamic, all the while complicating the model of memory being advanced. 836 more words


Butterflies I

On Butterflies: Souls of Witches or Complex Figures for Memory?

The figure of the butterfly man occupies a prominent place within W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants… 559 more words