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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And it is just because ancient places are constantly being given the topdressings
of modernity (the forest primeval, for example, turning into the "wilderness park")
that the antiquity of the myths at their core is sometimes hard to make out.
Others appointed themselves the custodians of an ancient tradition — like the
prolific Jesuit Athanasius Kircher, who undertook to decode the hieroglyphs of
Egyptian obelisks for the popes of Baroque Rome so that their transplantation
were at their lowest ebb, that enabled a later generation to revitalize the ancient
myths and traditions. The reality of German eighteenth-century forestry bore very
little resemblance to the nostalgic yearning for the ancient broadleaf forests of ...
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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