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On The Natural History of Destruction

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:769
  1. Fred Charatan, retired geriatric physician (
  1. Boynton Beach, Florida, USA

    W G Sebald; translated by Anthea Bell

    Hamish Hamilton, £16.99, pp 205

    ISBN 0 241 14126 5

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    This final work by W G Sebald, late professor of European literature at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, is strikingly relevant, when “smart” bombs and missiles nowadays supposedly avoid “collateral damage.” Its primary subject is literature and the Allied air raids on Germany during the second world war, but it is just as much about the psychopathology of destructiveness, repression in the mass memory of succeeding generations, …

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