By W. G. Sebald
In the course of global conflict , 131 German towns and cities have been precise by way of Allied bombs, an outstanding quantity virtually completely flattened. 600 thousand German civilians died—a determine two times that of all American struggle casualties. Seven and a part million Germans have been left homeless. Given the awesome scope of the devastation, W. G. Sebald asks, why does the topic occupy so little area in Germany’s cultural reminiscence? On the normal background of Destruction probes deeply into this ominous silence.
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On the Natural History of Destruction by W. G. Sebald