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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For if, as we have seen, our entire landscape tradition is the product of shared
culture, it is by the same token a tradition built from a rich deposit of myths,
memories, and obsessions. The cults which we are told to seek in other native
National identity, to take just the most obvious example, would lose much of its
ferocious enchantment without the mystique of a particular landscape tradition: its
topography mapped, elaborated, and enriched as a homeland.16 The poetic ...
As for the Ganges, the least animated of the group, the tradition credited by
travellers like Felix Fabri made it one of the four rivers mentioned in Genesis, and
thus connected through the Edenic source with the other sacred world streams.
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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