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On the Natural History of Destruction Hardcover – 27 Feb 2003

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton; 1st edition (27 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241141265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241141267
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"From the first page of any book by Sebald, one is in the hands of a master" Daily Telegraph

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completed this extraordinary and important -- and already controversial -- book before his untimely death in December 2001.

On the Natural History of Destruction
is W.G. Sebald’s harrowing and precise investigation of one of the least examined “silences” of our time. In it, the acclaimed novelist examines the devastation of German cities by Allied bombardment, and the reasons for the astonishing absence of this unprecedented trauma from German history and culture.

This void in history is in part a repression of things -- such as the death by fire of the city of Hamburg at the hands of the RAF -- too terrible to bear. But rather than record the crises about them, writers sought to retrospectively justify their actions under the Nazis. For Sebald, this is an example of deliberate cultural amnesia; his analysis of its effects in and outside Germany has already provoked angry and painful debate.

Sebald’s incomparable novels are r --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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