On the Natural History of Destruction
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On the Natural History of Destruction

W G Sebald (Columbia University), Anthea Bell, Award Winning Translator of French German Danish Polish Most Famously of the French Asterix Comics and Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales Anthea Bell (Freelance translator)

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.

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