An inventory of losses / Judith Schalansky ; translated from the German by Jackie Smith
Book | New Directions Publishing Corporation | 2020

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253 pages ; 21 cm
Includes index.
First published in the German language as Verzeichnis einiger Verluste by Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin, in 2018.
"Each disparate object described in this book-a Caspar David Friedrich painting, a species of tiger, a villa in Rome, a Greek love poem, an island in the Pacific-shares a common fate: it no longer exists, except as the dead end of a paper trail. Recalling the works of W. G. Sebald, Bruce Chatwin, and Rebecca Solnit, An Inventory of Losses is a beautiful evocation of twelve specific treasures that have been lost to the world forever, and that, taken as a whole, open mesmerizing new vistas of how to think about extinction and loss. With meticulous research and a vivid awareness of why we should care about these losses, Judith Schalansky, the acclaimed author of Atlas of Remote Islands, lets these objects speak for themselves: she ventriloquizes the tone of other sources, burrows into the language of contemporaneous accounts, and deeply interrogates the very notion of memory"-- Provided by publisher.
Translated from the German.
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Verzeichnis einiger Verluste. English
9780811229630 hardcover ; acid-free paper
0811229637 hardcover ; acid-free paper
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