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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But even as prolific forests of fir and larch rose in the heartland of the old German
woods, the cultural imagination of ... And to the extent that French culture, and the
notorious French partiality for rational discourse and skeptical inquiry, ...
This was not just art history, not even cultural history. It was the pursuit of truth, ...
great stock of memory. Unlike Frazer, whose own contemporary culture was
defined by the complete absence of primitivism, Warburg saw it lurking
For an excellent general account of medieval forest culture (principally French),
see Roland Bech- mann, Trees and Man: The Forest in the Middle Ages, trans.
Katharyn Dunham (New York, 1990). John Perlin, A Forest Journey: The Role 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
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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