The Missing of the Somme

The Missing of the Somme

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The Missing of the Somme is part travelogue, part meditation on remembrance--and completely, unabashedly, unlike any other book about the First World War. Through visits to battlefields and memorials, Geoff Dyer examines the way that photographs and film, poetry and prose determined--sometimes in advance of the events described--the way we would think about and remember the war. With his characteristic originality and insight, Dyer untangles and reconstructs the network of myth and memory that illuminates our understanding of, and relationship to, the Great War.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2011, c1994
ISBN: 9780307742971
0307742970
Branch Call Number: D663 .D97 2011
940.314 DYER
Characteristics: xiii, 157 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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kkemezis
Aug 25, 2012

Dyer writes about the myth and history making already in place during WWI and investigates the legacy of memory and how the war is remembered even by his generation. He ultimately provides a compelling discussion of the relationship between history and memory and ask you to consider the fluidity of those terms. It is a book that definitely moves your heart and mind.

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Katy_Kingston
Aug 14, 2012

A wonderful, elegiac meditation on the ways art tried to come to terms with the tragedy of the First World War...and also the ways art shaped the image of the war while it was happening. Haunting.

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