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  - William Kirkland - Goodreads

Written for a British audience and that of his generation, Dyer visits war memorials, massive grave-fields, looks at photographs, reads poems and fiction to understand "the effect of the idea of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Deirdre Flynn - Goodreads

I had wanted a book that was not a re-telling of the history of WWI. This depicts the war from the perspective of how we choose to remember it in the form of a travelogue/memoir of the author who ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Geoff Dyer is the author of WAYS OF TELLING, a critical study of John Berger; the novels THE COLOUR OF MEMORY and THE SEARCH; and BUT BEAUTIFUL: a book about Jazz, which won the 1992 Somerset Maugham Prize and was shirtlisted for the Mail on Sunday / John Llwellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. He writes regularly for the GUARDIAN and OBSERVER, and is contributing editor of ESQUIRE magazine.

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