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Published September 16, 2020

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Book Jacket

An Inventory of Losses
by Judith Schalansky
3 Nov 2020
224 pages
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780811229630
Genre: Short Stories/Essays
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Each disparate object described in this book - a Caspar David Friedrich painting, a species of tiger, a villa in Rome, a Greek love poem, an island in the Pacific - shares a common fate: it no longer exists, except as the dead end of a paper trail.

Recalling the works of W. G. Sebald, Bruce Chatwin, or Rebecca Solnit, An Inventory of Losses is a beautiful evocation of twelve specific treasures that have been lost to the world forever, and, taken as a whole, opens mesmerizing new vistas of how we can think about extinction and loss.

With meticulous research and a vivid awareness of why we should care about these losses, Judith Schalansky, the acclaimed author of Atlas of Remote Islands, lets these objects speak for themselves: she ventriloquizes the tone of other sources, burrows into the language of contemporaneous accounts, and deeply interrogates the very notion of memory.

"Schalansky's inspired latest melds history, memoir, and fiction into something new and extraordinary: a museum of the extinct, the missing, and the forgotten...[she] cements her reputation as a peerless chronicler of the fabulous, the faraway, and the forgotten." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Schalansky's meticulously researched stories are poignant reminders of the extent of our impact on the natural world and a call to honor the animals, objects, and places that, due to our own negligence, have ceased to exist. An exploration of extinct animals and objects told through dazzling stories that question the bounds of memory and myth." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"In her quest to find meaning for herself, Schalansky examines life and death in a work that will inspire many hours of talk for book discussion groups. Not to be read quickly but savored and contemplated." - Library Journal (starred review)

"A celebration of what can still be accomplished with imagination, paper. and ink." - Anthony Doerr

"Exquisite. Like the hero of Joris-Karl Huysmans's novel A Rebours, who sets off for London from Paris but realizes he need go no further than the Gare du Nord, Schalansky decides to make a virtue of absence." - Robert Macfarlane

"Utterly fascinating." - Rosmarie Waldrop

Judith Schalansky, born in Greifswald in 1980, lives in Berlin and works as a writer, book designer, and editor (of the prestigious natural history list at Matthes und Seitz). Her books, including the international bestseller Atlas of Remote Islands and the novel The Giraffe's Neck, have been translated into more than twenty languages.

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