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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And since the latter province was thoroughly converted only in the fourteenth
century, it is still possible to find startling "graveyards" where, instead of
conventional crosses, wooden totems, their forms unaltered from paganism,
crowd together ...
When, in the strength of his steadfast heart he had cut the lower notch, there was
present a great multitude of pagans who ... After all, Willibrord's story, ostensibly a
conversionary miracle, actually demonstrates the ways by which pagan beliefs ...
Just as the official Christian policy of uprooting pagan tree cults was belied by the
pragmatic grafting practiced by missionaries like St. Boniface, so, too, ancient
pagan traditions of the sacred stream, a site of death and resurrection, often ...
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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