A green and deeply unpleasant land

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Friday’s Guardian very rich and generously referenced piece on the troubled taproots of recent turns to the leitmotiv of landscape by Robert Macfarlane, a very useful accompaniment to a recent viewing of A Field in England:

Digging down to reveal the hidden content of the under-earth is another trope of the eerie: what is discovered is almost always a version of capital. Keiller’s Robinson tracks the buried cables and gas-pipes of Oxfordshire, following them as postmodern leylines, and tracing them outwards to hidden global structures of financial ownership. Wheatley’s deserters rapaciously extract “treasure” from the soil, by means of enslavement and male violence.

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