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On the Natural History of Destruction

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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.

Author: W. G. Sebald
Publisher: Modern Library
Published: 02/17/2004
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.36lbs
Size: 8.01h x 5.16w x 0.48d
ISBN: 9780375756573

About the Author
W.G. Sebald taught at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, for thirty years, becoming Professor of European Literature in 1987. His books won several international awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the Berlin Literature Prize. He died at age 57 in 2001.