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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All we knew was that to create a Jewish forest was to go back to the beginning of
our place in the world, the nursery of the nation. Once rooted, the irresistible cycle
of vegetation, where death merely composted the process of rebirth, seemed to ...
... by a momentous birth: the historical beginning of Deutschtum, of Germanness.
Hermann and his wife, Thusnelda, lie in wait along the Holzweg. They too are
unable to escape the blotchy spills of blood, for they too would perish in the
The obelisks had been brought to Rome by a succession of emperors, beginning
with Augustus himself and including Hadrian, who had travelled to Egypt and
coveted its antiquities. The act of their removal, moreover, was meant to proclaim
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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