On the Natural History of Destruction

On the Natural History of Destruction
Book cover
Author W. G. Sebald
Original title Luftkrieg und Literatur
Translator Anthea Bell
Country Germany
Language German
Publisher Carl Hanser Verlag
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 165
ISBN 3-446-19661-7

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.


  • "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