even if your preferred form is fragment

From the mention in Vertigo of Jo Catling’s introduction to the American edition of  W G Sebald’s A Place in the Country:

 

It is in this awareness of the “inherent contradiction between this nostalgic utopia and the inexorable  march of progress towards the brink of the abyss,”of the storm clouds always gathering on the historical and mental horizon, which renders so poignant and so precarious  the perverse perseverance, the “awful tenacity” as Sebald says in the Foreword, of those who devote their lives to literature, “the hapless writers trapped in their web of words,” who, in spite of everything nevertheless “sometimes succeed in opening up vistas of such beauty and intensity as life itself is scarcely able to provide.”

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The birthday today of  Anselm Kiefer, born in 1945: “Ruins for me are the beginning. With the debris, you can construct new ideas. They are symbols of a beginning.”

 

Anselm Kiefer 5

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