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NYFF: Grant Gee’s “Patience (After Sebald)”

NYFF: Grant Gee's "Patience (After Sebald)"

The title Patience (After Sebald) will remind readers of the late W. G. Sebald—whose unclassifiable 1995 book The Rings of Saturn (translated into English in 1998 by Michael Hulse) is the ostensible subject of Grant Gee’s new documentary—of the author’s book-length poem After Nature. And true to this association, the movie treats Sebald with great solemnity, as a sort of Stonehenge-like ruin in and of himself, posthumously trying to make him something like a novelty subsection of the great themes of his own antiquarian German poetry and prose—Civilization, History, Memory. Read Benjamin Mercer’s review of Patience (After Sebald).

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