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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The tension between physical and metaphysical exertion is, for example, at the
heart of the most famous of all early climbing narratives: the poet Petrarch's
ascent of Mont Ventoux in April 1336." Some scholars continue to speculate
And there is even something engaging (at least to me, in my fiftieth year) about
the fact that what is still the very best book about Mont Blanc was written by a
middle-aged intellectual whose climb was the setond to reach the summit.
So, as all historians of the climb have noted, Bourrit invented a version of the
event which, by featuring Balmat as the hero, would appeal to the fashionable
cult of the common man and leave Paccard as the fumbling academic, crawling ...
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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