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  - 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

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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