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  - Mary - Goodreads

I started the year reading Paul Fussell's classic The Great War and Modern Memory, so I liked the symmetry of finishing it with another WWI book. Unfortunately, Geoff Dyer's The Missing of the Somme ... Read full review

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only dyer i've read. reminds me of barthes 'camera lucida' in structure in that it goes from elegy to road trip essay in the same way that 'camera lucida' is both eulogy and photo theory. i still dont ... Read full review

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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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