The Missing of the Somme

The Missing of the Somme

eBook - 2001
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Head bowed, rifle on his back, a soldier is silhouetted against the going down of the sun, looking at the grave of a dead comrade, remembering him. A photograph from the war, is also a photograph of the way the war will be remembered. It is a photograph of the future, of the future's view of the past.Geoff Dyer's classic book is an original and personal meditation upon war and remembrance. It weaves a network of myth and memory, photos and films, poetry and sculptures, graveyards and ceremonies that illuminate our understanding of, and relationship to, the Great War.
Publisher: London : Phoenix Press, 2001.
ISBN: 9780857863379
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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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