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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Instead of assuming the mutually exclusive character of Western culture and
nature, I want to suggest the strength of the links that have bound them together.
That strength is often hidden beneath layers of the commonplace. So Landscape
The fig tree beneath which Romulus and Remus were said to have been suckled
by the she-wolf had been removed to the forum, where it too was an active
devotional site. And by the time of Tacitus and Pliny it had become commonplace
And even as they cast their lines, they are shiveringly aware of the
commonwealth of terrors mobilized beneath the surface: serpents thirty feet long;
great toothed lagartos (alligators) and sharp-snouted guuians (cayman) whose
thrashing tails ...
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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