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    On the Natural History of Destruction (Modern Library Classics (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Winfried Georg Sebald, By (author) W G Sebald, Translated by Anthea Bell

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    DescriptionIn a profound, thought-provoking meditation, the award-winning author of After Nature reflects on the the topics of individual and collective guilt, the consequences of denying the past, and the need to reclaim history as he examines why Germans have maintained silence on World War II, the Allied bo


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    Murray Stone It might seem like the ultimate exercise in dilettantism to ask why the Bomber War's destruction hasn't found a niche for itself in German postwar literature, but Sebald uses it as an approach not only to German literature but German culture both pre-war and post. He suggests that the literary tradition that culminated in Wagner's Gotterdammerung (sorry, umlauts not available) had already put in the German mind the idea of fiery and complete destruction--a postwar literary attempt to come to grips with the effects of the Allied bombing campaign was unnecessary. This leads in turn to thoughts of whether this older tradition wasn't in some way embodied in Nazi culture as an ideal. by Murray Stone

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