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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Despite all the waste of past centuries, France still boasted great forests that
covered, according to his surveyors, 25 percent of its territory. The woods of
Normandy, Picardy, and (aside from Fontainebleau and the nearby forest of
Senart) the ...
But matters were different in France, where the power of the crown was
unrestrained by parliamentary claims of a share in legislative sovereignty. The
extraordinary tribunals that would have been demonized in England as tyrannical
On the eve of another revolution Barlow had arrived in France as an agent for an
Ohio land company, but had failed to interest any of the Paris plutocracy in acres
of densely forested upstream wilderness. In London he had been welcomed ...
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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