The last chapter argued that Sebald’s work pre-empts formulaic theorisations of trauma, that his work resists the conflation of literature and traumatic memory. Luftkrieg und Literatur (On The Natural History of Destruction) is a work arising from a series of lectures Sebald held in Zürich on the subject of. Luftkreig Und Literatur (German Edition) [Winfried Georg Sebald, Alfred Andersch ] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Hard to Find book.
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As we find out every year in our shadow panel for the International Foreign Fiction Prizeeven today, seventy years after the end of the conflict, World War Two continues to fascinate writers all over Europe, and beyond. Sebald claims — in nud country which stood at the heart of these terrible events, he believes the war is something which has been more glossed over than taken to heart….
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As Sebald rightly points out, the German air attacks on British cities such as the London Blitz and the partial destruction of my hometown, Coventry, in November are well known luftrkieg have been meticulously covered by many writers, yet the Allied attacks luft,rieg German cities towards the end of the war, and their devastating consequences, have been relegated to the realm of memory.
Sebald, who from a young age was fascinated by the ruins he saw around him, blames this collective amnesia on the writers who refused to, or were unable to, address the problem in their work. One reason for this, naturally, was that having started this game of aerial destruction, the Germans were in no position to complain about the unfairness of the attacks:.
While this was untenable at the time, Sebald himself examines the problem, questioning the morality, and the effectiveness in bringing the war towards a conclusion, of the carpet bombing of German cities many of which were dubious targets. One conclusion he reaches is that the steady bombing of civilian areas was actually the result of an unstoppable move towards the idea on the part of the British military forces; having built up the bombs and the capability to deploy them, it was almost easier to use ligeratur technology than to leave it idle.
The ethical question interests Sebald less, however, than the terrible effects of the raids. As he goes deeper into the subject, he presents the reader literafur a sobering picture of the reality of the destruction unleashed upon cities like Hamburg and Dresden. He describes exactly what happened during the raids, focusing on the effects of the incendiary bombs, thousands of smaller fires joining luftkrisg form a hellish conflagration which incinerated people where they stood, sucking the oxygen from the air and lighting the city up to such an extent that it could be seen from tens of miles away.
Then we are shown the aftermath, with refugees fleeing across the country, mentally and physically scarred by the experience, traumatised women carrying the luffkrieg, mummified remains literatkr a child in their suitcases….
And yet, Sebald claims, despite this widespread trauma and shared experience of the destruction, very little of this is depicted in the literature which appeared in the years immediately after. The third part of the book contains his reflections after receiving feedback on the lectures from those who disagreed with his views, un the writer still convinced of his point:.
‘Luftkrieg und Literatur’ (‘On the Natural History of Destruction’) by W.G. Sebald (Review)
At the time, it was considered to be too depressing and dangerous for a recovering population to be exposed to. Whether you can completely trust his evaluation of post-war German literature is something people more qualified to discuss the subject than I am can decide amongst themselves.
However, even for a layman in the area, Luftkrieg und Literatur is a fascinating read.
Excellent review, as ever, Tony. But his conclusion, that this led to a post-war amnesia, is fatally flawed due to his.
The air war over Germany was, James says, covered extensively In the more low-brow reading material consumed by most Germans, e. I can only repeat what the previous poster said: As for his central thesis: Roth, Kluge and many others. And what Sebald wrote about Andersch is indeed brutal, self-righteous and partly also factually wrong.
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Learn how your comment data is processed. One reason for this, naturally, was that having started this game of aerial destruction, the Germans were literatru no position to complain about the unfairness of the attacks: Then we are shown the aftermath, with refugees fleeing across the country, mentally and physically scarred by the experience, traumatised women carrying the charred, mummified remains of a child in their suitcases… And yet, Sebald claims, despite this widespread trauma and shared experience of the destruction, very little of this is depicted in the literature which appeared in the years immediately after.
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