W.G. Sebald on the art of writing

From W.G. Sebald’s essay ‘Death draws nigh, time marches on. Some remarks on Gottfried Keller,’ in his collection of essays A Place in the Country.

The art of writing is the attempt to contain the teeming black scrawl which everywhere threatens to gain the upper hand, in the interests of maintaining a half functional personality.

Ideal Landscape with Trees. Gottfried Keller. 1849.

Ideal Landscape with Trees. Gottfried Keller. 1849.

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