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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But it was also in Algiers that the other face of the Orient began to captivate him:
the rites and religion of Egyptian antiquity, especially the great epic of sacrifice
and resurrection embodied in the myth of Isis and Osiris. It was only when the ...
From all these encyclopedic sources he produced Adonis-Atys-Osiris, which
gathered together, as a single archetype, all the varieties of myths and rituals
from Egypt, Greece, and Rome in which death and resurrection were
And that, to him, was almost as interesting as the topography itself.26 In such a
metaphorical scheme, Plutarch tells us, Osiris functions as the personification of
fecundity: "the whole source and faculty of creative moisture," and "the Nile . . .
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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