An Inventory of Losses, by Judith Schalansky

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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, or Rebecca Solnit, An Inventory of Losses is a beautiful evocation of twelve specific treasures that have been lost to the world forever, and, taken as a whole, opens mesmerizing new vistas of how we can 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.

 

 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Directions (December 8, 2020)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0811229637

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0811229630

Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.2 ounces

Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches