The Missing of the Somme

“Brilliant… The great Great War book of our time.” Observer

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The Missing of the Somme

The Missing of the Somme is a personal meditation on war and remembrance. With his characteristic wit and insight, Dyer weaves a network of myth and memory, photos and film, poetry and sculptures, graveyards, and ceremonies that illuminate our understanding of, and relationship to, the Great War.

“A gentle, patient, loving book. It is about mourning and memory, about how the Great War has been represented—and our sense of it shaped and defined—by different artistic media… Its textures are the very rhythms of memory and consciousness.” Guardian

“[A] penetrating meditation upon war and remembrance.” Daily Telegraph

“No contemporary writer blends genres like Geoff Dyer.” Time

First published: UK, Hamish Hamilton, 1994; US, Vintage, August 2011

Current UK edition: Canongate
Current US edition: Vintage

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Forewords & Afterwords

Geoff Dyer introduces this survey of Jacob Holdt’s photographs of America in the 1970s.

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As Editor

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