An Inventory of Losses

Judith Schalansky (Author) Jackie Smith (Translator)

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
December 08, 2020
4.9 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

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.
Jackie Smith is a literary translator working from German and French into English. After graduating from Cambridge University she worked as a commercial translator before dedicating herself full-time to creative and book translations. In 2015 she was selected to participate in the New Books in German 'Emerging Translators Programme'. Her translation of an excerpt from Hans Platzgumer's novel Am Rand (On the Edge) won the Austrian Cultural Forum London Translation Prize 2017.


Twelve fictional essays comprise this stunning work depicting animals, places, objects, and buildings that are lost forever... Not to be read quickly but savored and contemplated.
Schalansky cements her reputation as a peerless chronicler of the fabulous, the faraway, and the forgotten.
The most wondrous book of the year: by taking the vanished and turning it into a great piece of literature, the author has performed a magical act.
Utterly fascinating.--Rosmarie Waldrop
A celebration of what can still be accomplished with imagination, paper. and ink.--Anthony Doerr
An exploration of extinct animals and objects told through dazzling stories that question the bounds of memory and myth.
In each case Schalansky has alighted on fascinating material, and her delicately poetic turn of phrase is evident on every page.
Schalansky treats each of the 12 objects cataloged in her new book with an almost religious awe, like a believer giving herself up to be inhabited by spirits.