Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate

Written by:
Daniel Mendelsohn
Narrated by:
Daniel Mendelsohn

Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
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Release Date
November 2021
Duration
3 hours 45 minutes
Summary
Combining memoir, biography, history, and literary criticism, Three Rings weaves together the stories of three exiled writers who turned to the classics of the past to create masterpieces of their own-works that pondered the nature of narrative itself. Erich Auerbach, the Jewish philologist who fled Hitler's Germany and wrote his classic study of Western literature, Mimesis, in Istanbul . . . Fran├žois Fenelon, the seventeenth-century French archbishop whose ingenious sequel to the Odyssey, The Adventures of Telemachus-a veiled critique of the Sun King and the bestselling book in Europe for one hundred years-resulted in his banishment . . . and the German novelist W. G. Sebald, self-exiled to England, whose distinctively meandering narratives explore Odyssean themes of displacement, nostalgia, and separation from home.

Intertwined with these tales of exile and artistic crisis is an account of Mendelsohn's struggles to write two of his own books-a family saga of the Holocaust and a memoir about reading the Odyssey with his elderly father. As Three Rings moves to its startling conclusion, a climactic revelation about the way in which the lives of its three heroes were linked across borders, languages, and centuries forces the listener to reconsider the relationship between narrative and history, art and life.
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