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 old stereotypes of wild men munching on infants or doing unpleasant things
with animals were replaced by paragons of family life: a hairy hand-holding
between demure couples, or snub-nosed little svild-things having their heads
mystique of hieroglyphs as a unique language, encoding in its symbols not
merely the functional characteristics of things but their immaterial essence.63
From Plotinus onward, neo-Platonists (without actually understanding anything ...
Civilization's habitual way with the natural world, he thought, was to make it meek
and compliant, a thing of herbaceous borders and bedding annuals rather than
the "impenious and quaking swamp." I have spent these many pages 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
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