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 rock from which the river-gods appeared almost naturally extruded, rather
than posed, obviously owed much to the Mannerist rocks of the fountain grottoes,
but it could as well invoke scriptural precedents: the rock of Horeb from which ...
To a truly absolute prince, nothing, certainly not a pile of rock, should be "
inaccessible," beyond the reach of his sovereignty. Antoine de Ville, then, was
the king's rock-face Columbus. Along with Antoine de Ville went a party of six,
... of a rock-cell saint, was devout and uncritical prostration: the crushing of the
human ego beneath the rock of faith. For Gray and Walpole, though, the
mountain experience was different. Intellectually skeptical, they could make
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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