Lost Worlds

What Have We Lost And Where Did It Go?

Michael Bywater

Published: 3 October 2005
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 304 pages
ISBN: 9781862077980


They go. They vanish. People. Civilizations. Languages. Philosophies. Works of art disappear, species are extinguished, books are lost. Dunwich is drowned, Pompeii buried, Athena's statue gone from the Parthenon, Suetonius's Lives of the Great Whores gone the way of the Roman Empire. Whole libraries of knowledge, galleries of secrets. Gone. Little things, too. Train compartments. Snuff, galoshes, smog. Your mother's perfume. Our culture, our knowledge and all our lives are shadows cast by what went before. We are defined not by what we have but by what we have lost along the way. And so, Lost Worlds: a glossary of the missing, a cabinet of absent curiosities, weaving a web of everything we no longer have. Lost Worlds: the book the book that falls open at every page.

About the author

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Michael Bywater is a writer and broadcaster and wrote for many years the 'Lost Worlds' column for the Independent on Sunday. He is the author of several books, including Lost Worlds and Big Babies, both published by Granta Books. More about the author

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