The Missing of the Somme

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Orion Publishing Group, Limited, 2009 - Somme, 1st Battle of the, France, 1916 - 157 pages
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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. We will remember them'Relying more on personal impressions than systematic analysis, Geoff Dyer weaves a network of myth and memory that illuminates our own relation to the past.

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User Review  - Zachary Powell - Goodreads

Fantastic writing by Dyer. The man is thoughtful and runs the gauntlet of expressions of the war from pictorial to sculpture to poetry. A great companion piece to Fussell's _The Great War and Modern Memory_. Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

An initially fascinating look at the Great War and how it was remembered and commemorated. I especially appreciated accounts of how the outlooks and attitudes of soldiers (officers beneath the level ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham in 1958. He currently lives in London.

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