Landscape and Memory
Vintage Books, 1995 - 652 pagina's
One of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year
In Landscape and Memory 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.
"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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This consistency of behavior, Critias continues, was the essential reason why the
temples and monuments of Egypt were better preserved than anywhere else;
what made the Nile, in fact, the river of longevity, of memory.32 On the Nile the ...
And it was precisely the denial of this sovereign possession to Greeks, Romans,
French, and British that made the Nile so tantalizing, so treacherous — in a word,
so Cleopatran. Cleopatra, "her baletul beauty painted up beyond measure: ...
Unlike the floods of misery and destruction he had seen in Europe, the Nile's
inundation was a "flood of joy." Even the horrid things dwelling in the river's
muddy depths attested to its miraculous vitality. Nothing, for example, in all
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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