There is no way to summarize Sebald--s beautiful artefacts. They have to be read, individually and as a body
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If you think India is shining, try Beijing. Roaming around the flashy Wangfujing shopping district I despaired of finding cheap, trashy souvenirs for worthless friends back home. Then I stumbled on a row of shops crammed with garishly glittering geegaws. And I found this key-chain ornament: a handsome iridescent scarab entombed in Lucite, and resting on a phosphorescent sheet—so he glows in the dark as well. Price: 10 Yuan. Now if only I had a beetle instead of a maruti.
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