Futility

By Michelle Cioccoloni

Wilfred Owen's last letter to his mother is engraved on the covers of the book.  The sentiments expressed by the soldier on finding his dead comrade take on an added poignancy when seen as the words of a mother who finds that her son is dead but does not want to believe it. Wilfred was hit at Ors seven days before the war ended, but the bullet hole in the book also illustrates the shock of the news of a son's death to any mother, a shock which is like a bullet wound straight through the heart.

Futility (front)

Futility

Futility

Futility (letter)

Futility (letter)

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