With a new film due to document the writing of the highly influential author WG Sebald, the Today programme's Tom Bateman followed in his footsteps in East Anglia.
The Suffolk coast in midwinter seems almost deserted.
The sounds of footsteps from a lone dog walker are carried by occasional gusts of wind that flatten the overgrown grass fields set out before the beach begins.
The village of Walberswick forms one part of the route in WG Sebald's The Rings of Saturn, a brooding work - part novel, part travel diary - drawing on the author's obsessions with history and the destructive forces of man and nature.
Sebald's original adjectival style has given rise to a label of its own - "Sebaldian".
'Pure literary skill'
In a passage in The Rings of Saturn, he gives the reader a sense of the depth of his imagination while looking out to sea on the Suffolk coast:
"I gazed farther and farther out to sea, to where the darkness was thickest and where there extended a cloudbank of the most curious shape, which I could barely make out any longer, the rearward view, I presume, of the storm that had broken over Southwold in the late afternoon.
"For a while, the topmost summit regions of this massif, dark as ink, glistened like the icefields of the Caucasus, and as I watched the glare fade I remembered that years before, in a dream, I had once walked the entire length of a mountain range just as remote and just as unfamiliar."
For filmmaker Grant Gee, this passage demonstrates Sebald's "pure literary skill".
"He's very filmic - it's almost like a dissolve," he says.
"He's got four layers of dissolving, times, materials, all in one sentence. The paragraph... is quite extraordinary."
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