On the Natural History of Destruction

On the Natural History of Destruction
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Book cover
AuthorW. G. Sebald
Original titleLuftkrieg und Literatur
TranslatorAnthea Bell
CountryGermany
LanguageGerman
PublisherCarl Hanser Verlag
Publication date
1999
Published in English
2003
Pages165
ISBN3-446-19661-7

On the Natural History of Destruction is a 1999 book by the German writer W. G. Sebald. Its original German title is Luftkrieg und Literatur, which means "Air war and literature". It consists of essays about literature and writers, through which Sebald discusses the German processing of World War II.

Contents

  • "Air War and Literature", on the meagre portrayal in culture of the bombings of German cities during World War II
  • "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea", on Alfred Andersch
  • "Against the Irreversible", on Jean Améry
  • "The Remorse of the Heart", on the works of Peter Weiss