By Robert Pogue Harrison
How do the dwelling hold kin to the useless? Why will we bury humans once they die? and what's at stake once we do? In The Dominion of the Dead, Robert Pogue Harrison considers the ideally suited value of those inquiries to Western civilization, exploring the numerous locations the place the useless cohabit the realm of the living—the graves, photos, literature, structure, and monuments that residence the useless of their afterlife between us.
This elegantly conceived paintings devotes specific recognition to the perform of burial. Harrison contends that we bury our useless to humanize the lands the place we construct our current and picture our destiny. so long as the useless are interred in graves and tombs, they by no means actually go away from this international, yet stay, if in basic terms symbolically, one of the residing. Spanning a large diversity of examples, from the graves of our first human ancestors to the empty tomb of the Gospels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Harrison additionally considers the authority of predecessors in either glossy and premodern societies. via encouraged readings of significant writers and thinkers comparable to Vico, Virgil, Dante, Pater, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Rilke, he argues that the buried useless shape a vital origin the place destiny generations can retrieve their earlier, whereas burial grounds offer a big bedrock the place earlier generations can protect their legacy for the unborn.
The Dominion of the Dead is a profound meditation on how the idea of demise shapes the communion of the residing. a piece of large scope, mind, and mind's eye, this booklet will converse to all who've suffered grief and loss.