Three Rings by Daniel Mendelsohn audiobook

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

By Daniel Mendelsohn
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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… François Fenelon, the 17th-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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Summary

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A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

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…

François Fenelon, the 17th-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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Contained in the interwoven circles of this slim, labyrinthine book is a vision that encompasses the world. Part dirge, part memoir, part exegesis, all rhapsody…a masterpiece.” Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Homeland Elegies
“Spectacular…The reader feels the flow of a strong narrative, trusts the author’s seafaring skills, and embarks on a brilliant journey…Three Rings is a glorious celebration of multiplicity, diversity, journeys, transformations, and our common humanity.” Times Literary Supplement (London)

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Author

Author Bio: Daniel Mendelsohn

Author Bio: Daniel Mendelsohn

DANIEL MENDELSOHN is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. His books include the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and many other honors. A professor of humanities at Bard College, he is the director of the Robert B. Silvers Foundation.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 3.76
Audience: Adult
Language: English