Bunker Archeology by Paul Virilio

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Bunker Archeology
Text and photographs by Paul Virilio

4to. pp. 215. b/w illustrations. glossary. biography. bibliography. paperback (fine condition - covers bit scuffed). New York: Princeton Architectural Press, [2009].

Second Printing.

ISBN-10: 1568980159 / ISBN-13: 9781568980157


In "Bunker Archeology", urban philosopher and cultural theorist Paul Virilio turns his attention to the ominous yet strangely compelling German bunkers from WW II that lie abandoned on the coast of France. These ghostly reminders of destruction and oppression prompt Virilio to consider the nature of war and existence, in relation to both the Second World War and contemporary times. The author’s haunting photographs are accompanied by his analysis of the architecture of war in both philosophical and concrete terms. Virilio discusses fortresses and military space in general and the bunkers themselves, including facsimiles of original military maps and extracts from Hitler’s "Directives of War."