Landscape and Memory
Vintage, 1996 - 652 pagina's
A Time Magazine Best Books of the Year. In Landscape and Memory, award-winning author Simon Schama ranges over continents and centuries to reveal the psychic claims that human beings have made on nature. He tells of the Nazi cult of the primeval German forest; the play of Christian and pagan myth in Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers; and the duel between a monumental sculptor and a feminist gadfly on the slopes of Mount Rushmore. The result is a triumphant work of history, naturalism, mythology, and art, as encyclopedic as The Golden Bough and as irresistibly readable as Schama's own Citizens.
"A work of great ambition and enormous intellectual scope...consistently provocative and revealing."--New York Times
"Extraordinary...a summary cannot convey the riches of this book. It will absorb, instruct, and fascinate."--New York Review of Books
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In the homegrown sixteenth-century eulogies of city Swiss like Conrad Gesner,
extolling the frugal robustness and artless virtue of the montagnards, there was
already the making of an Alpine idyll. Simler's De Alpibus Commentarius, which ...
Whether he is writing about the rural Landsgcmeinde, assembled in Alpine
meadows, or the towns of Lucerne and Zurich, or about the mountains
themselves, Coxe seldom raises his evenly pleasant voice above the platitudes
of Hallerian ...
The great monsters of the Oberland — Wetterhorn, Jungfrau, Eiger — were all in
their sights, and "by 1865," as a modern writer in sympathy with the clubmen puts
it, "more than a score of the major Alpine summits which had defied the native ...
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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORYGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
With this fascinating, encyclopedic survey of cultural landscapes, Schama (Dead Certainties, 1991, etc.) demonstrates once again just why he holds a charmed place in the literature of historical ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - JayLivernois - LibraryThing
I find this a hard book to finish. It is one of those books it seems difficult to get into although the material is interesting and the thought good. Volledige review lezen