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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... of authorization, many of the shrewder proselytizers grafted Christian theology
onto pre-existing pagan cults of nature. ... Frazer reminded us, the ancient
Roman cult of Atys may have helped, rather than obstructed, the work of
But that cult had begun not in the oak- woods of the foggy north, but on the great
river of the south, the mother of all civilizations, the Nile. The Druid groves parted.
Beyond them lay the serpentine effluvium of the sacred Nile, and Barlow's ...
By the 1 790s, there was already a substantial literature — both pretentious and
erotie — on the history of phallic cults. ... a fantastic little piece of pedantry
equating liberty and libertinism, and wrapping the whole speculation in a nature
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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