SEBALD, ADORNO AND THE PROGRESS/NON PROGRESS OF HISTORY:A POEM, BY STEVEN BENSON

Whilst Adorno

And

Benjamin

Believed

We had to

Have

“Negative

Dialectics”,

And an

“Interregnum”,

Respectively,

In order to

Stand back and

Contemplate

The horrors of

History,

Especially

Stalin

And the

Holocaust:-

Sebald believed

History was an

Inexorable

Monolithic

March towards

Destruction

(Both man-made

And from

Nature itself):

An UNstoppable

Juggernaut.

This induced

Feelings of

Melancholia and

Indeed

Despair;

Because in

Sebald’s

Worldview,

History

Catapults

Back upon

Itself,

Like Benjamin’s

“Angel of

History”,

Whilst

Simultaneously

Trying to

Move forwards

(A doomed

Attempt).

{Inspired by part 3., “Dark Night Sallies Forth”, of “After Nature”(trans Hamburger), where Sebald’s experience of mid/late 60s Manchester-cf “Bleston” in “Across the land and the Water”-with its slum clearance and decayed industrialism, engendered his sense/foreboding of the cataclysmic end of history, or of history being dragged backwards into destruction. See also the Max{sic!} Ferber section of the “Emmigrants”, another recounting of this time; and , for a more FACTUALLY accurate account of the Manchester period of his life, because Sebald(knowingly) PLAYS with the facts,see chapter 2 “The Sternheim years” by Richard Sheppard, pp. 64-81 and 82-88, plus notes pp.95-106, in “Saturn’s Moons”(ed Caitling and Hibbitt, 2011). This invaluable essay also details Sebald’s knowledge of, and personal correspondence with, Adorno; and his knowledge of much of Benjamin’s work and his familiarity with the Frankfurt School’s ideas generally.}

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