9780375756573

On the Natural History of Destruction

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ISBN 10: 0375756574 / 0-375-75657-4
ISBN 13: 9780375756573
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

During World War Two, 131 German cities and towns were targeted by Allied bombs, a good number almost entirely flattened. Six hundred thousand German civilians died—a figure twice that of all American war casualties. Seven and a half million Germans were left homeless. Given the astonishing scope of the devastation, W. G. Sebald asks, why does the subject occupy so little space in Germany’s cultural memory? On the Natural History of Destruction probes deeply into this ominous silence.


Review:

"Readers with a background in modern German literature will be at an advantage in following Sebald's arguments, though this is not a prerequisite to understanding his glum conclusion that literature is essentially powerless in the face of evil. Somber and moving: a contribution to the literature of WWII from a perspective that will be new to most American readers."

Kirkus, 11/01/2002

Review:

"The issues [Sebald] raises about the war against the civilians have no simple answers. They defy description....What worries Sebald, as it should worry any thinking person, is our newfound capacity for total destruction. Is it ever morally justified to fight evil with evil?"

Charles Simic, New York Review of Books, 02/27/2003

 

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