Sebald’s “Maxims” on Writing and More

Ready Steady Blog points me to Issue 5 of Five Dials (pdf), which is dedicated to the work of W.G. Sebald. The offerings are a little short (mostly just one page), although they’re nice to see.

The magazine also collects Sebald’s maxims on writing as recorded by two of his former students. They include:

Fiction should have a ghostlike presence
in it somewhere, something omniscient.
It makes it a different reality.

Some of them, however, are better than others:

Characters need details that will anchor
themselves in your mind.

Also worth your time is the article in which four translators discuss "the world’s second-oldest profession."



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