An inventory of losses / Judith Schalansky ; translated from the German by Jackie Smith.
ISBN: 9781529400793 1529400791
"Fiction/Travel/History" -- Back cover.
First published in the German language as Verzeichnis einiger verluste by Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin, in 2018.
Translated from the German.
Originaltitel: Verzeichnis einiger verluste
Omfång: 251 sidor 23 cm.
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A cabinet of curiosities on the theme of loss from one of Europe's most inventive writers. Each of the pieces, following the conventions of a different genre, considers something that is irretrievably lost to the world, including the paradisal pacific island of Tuanaki, the Caspian Tiger, the Villa Sacchetti in Rome, Sappho's love poems, Greta Garbo's fading beauty, a painting by Caspar David Friedrich, and the former East Germany's Palace of the Republic. As a child of the former East Germany, it's not surprising that the dominant emotion in Schalansky's work should be "loss" and its aftermath, but what is extraordinary is the thoroughly engaging mixture of intellectual curiosity, down-to-Earth grasp of life's pitiless vitality, ironic humour, stylistic elegance and intensity of feeling.