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War Souvenir [Hardcover]

By Paolo Ventura (Photographer)
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It is World War II. The corpse of a soldier lies someplace in the mountains of central Italy; in Milan, a German hidden in the cellar of a house in Via Monte Nevoso is captured by partisans; in Turin, German soldiers look at the body of a member of the partisan organization, who has just been killed in a shoot-out.

These are only three of the photographs Paolo Ventura has included in War Souvenir, a book which reflects and recounts the crude intensity of that war. But unlike the work of other photographers, Ventura’s pictures are clearly fake: the images are the result of meticulous preparation, and each one presents a non-existent but apparently truthful memory. The soldiers are dummies, the scenes and objects in which they act are all in miniature.

Ventura represents war as a game in a grotesque dollhouse, but he does so without abandoning either war’s emotion or its pain. His photographs constitute a profound and surprising reflection on the power of documentation and memory.

About War Souvenir, Francine Prose wrote: "Looking at these photos creates a moment of suspension, a melancholy hush in which we almost imagine we can hear whispers about the riddles of life and death, time and age, childhood innocence and adult knowledge, art, war, history, and such questions as: What are we seeing? What do we think we are seeing? And what we are concluding about what we think we are seeing?"

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Contrasto
Pages   108
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 10" Height: 12.25"
Weight:   2.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Contrasto
ISBN  8889032979  
ISBN13  9788889032978  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director's Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in New York City.

Francine Prose currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Francine Prose was born in 1947.

Francine Prose has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  2. New York Review Books Classics
  3. P.S.
  4. P.S. (Paperback)
  5. Penguin Classics

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > General
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > Photo Essays
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