The Missing of the Somme by Geoff Dyer
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Geoff Dyer’s classic The Missing of the Somme is part travelogue, part meditation on remembrance—and completely, unabashedly, unlike any other book about the First World War. Through visits to battlefields and memorials, he examines the way that photographs and film, poetry and prose determined—sometimes in advance of the events described—the way we would think about and remember the war. With his characteristic originality and insight, Dyer untangles and reconstructs the network of myth and memory that illuminates our understanding of, and relationship to, the Great War.




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About Geoff Dyer

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Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels (most recently Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi); a critical study of John Berger; a collection of essays, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition; and five highly original nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He lives in London.
 
Published August 9, 2011 by Vintage. 176 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, War, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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British novelist and critic Dyer (Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews, 2011, etc.) describes this brief but challenging work as “not a novel but an essay in mediation: research notes for a Great War novel I had no intention of writing, the themes of a novel without...

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The Guardian

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The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme by Gavin Stamp 215pp, Profile, £14.99 Statistics first: the memorial wall in Washington contains the names of 58,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam war.

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BC Books

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If the Great War dead of the British Empire marched past the war memorial where the Remembrance Sunday service is held, the parade would take three and a half days.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Joanna Scutts reviews "The Missing of the Somme" by Geoff Dyer.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Published in Britain in 1994, Mr. Dyer's thoughtful and thought-provoking pilgrimage through the war's bibliography and battlefields might send some readers in search of more formal histories of the war or its effects on the British public, such as John Keegan's "The First World War" (1999) or Ad...

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The Independent

Which is to say, it spirals happily into its own structure of words: 'The sense of imminent amnesia is, has been, and - presumably - always will be immanent in the war's enduring memory.' At such moments, one fears for the future of the Great War - that it will end up, like literature before it...

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Christian Science Monitor

Want to write a book about the Great War?

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Like the youthful Christopher Isherwood who wanted to write a novel entitled A WAR MEMORIAL, I wanted to write a book that was not about ‘the War itself but the effect of the idea of [the War] on my generation’.

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Book Forum

When Geoff Dyer wrote the The Missing of the Somme in the early '90s, he had published two novels, The Colour of Memory (1989) and The Search (1993), an acclaimed but highly unusual book about jazz, But Beautiful (1991), and a critical study of John Berger.

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