Landscape and Memory
Vintage Books, 1995 - 652 pagina's
One of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year
In Landscape and Memory 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.
"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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... Germans had merged together in the imagined woodland home. Their
adversary, after all, was the same: the court and city culture of the Latin south.
And it was a complaint against the vices of that world that the Nuremberg poet
Hans Sachs ...
But there was another way in which he imagined the life of rivers. Were they not
figured as hodies of water because, since antiquity, their flow was likened to the
blood circulating through the body? Plato had believed the circle to be the perfect
In this archaic tradition, though, the wild- ness of Arcadia and its creatures was
not imagined as abhorrent. On the contrary, it was equated with the fecundity of
nature. Pan's own name signified "everything." And on some occasions he was ...
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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