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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The presumption was that the wilderness was out there, somewhere, in the
western heart of America, awaiting discovery, and that it would be the antidote for
the poisons of industrial society. But of course the healing wilderness was as
He, and eighteen fellow pilgrims, who had plodded across the biblical wilderness
on camels, had suffered much for their faith. They had been set upon by Bedouin
brigands, stoned in the streets of Gaza by Saracen urchins, tormented by gray ...
And when those topiary walls gave access, past the herms, to a "sacred grove," it
was usually a carefully contained, and cosmetically preserved, form of wilderness
. The only beasts that lurked amidst the elms were stone lions and panthers, ...
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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