Distance and Memory

Distance and Memory


By (author) Peter Davidson, By (author) Robert Macfarlane

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  • Publisher: Lives and Letters
  • Format: Paperback | 191 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 18mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 1847771556
  • ISBN 13: 9781847771551
  • Sales rank: 287,519

Product description

This is a book about remoteness: a memoir of places observed in solitude, of the texture of life through the quiet course of the seasons in the far north of Scotland. It is a book grounded in the singularity of one place - a house in northern Aberdeenshire - and threaded through with an unshowy commitment to the lost and the forgotten. In these painterly essays Davidson reflects on art, place, history and landscape. Distance and Memory is his testament to the cold, clear beauty of the north.

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Author information

PETER DAVIDSON was born in Scotland in 1957 and is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of the topographical book The Idea of North (Reaktion, 2005); a monograph on the internationalism of the seventeenth century, The Universal Baroque (MUP, 2007); and a collection of poems, The Palace of Oblivion (Carcanet, 2008).

Review quote

'This is a poet's book, his mind wide open to the cultures of the world, especially of the north, specifically Aberdeenshire. The language is luscious, musical and precise, rich with quotation and the cultures of, especially, northern Europe, from minerology and industry to poetry, painting, music.' --Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales Praise for THE IDEA OF THE NORTH by Peter Davidson: 'A masterpiece... beyond being merely clever or wise: a beautiful book.' --Scottish Review of Books

Table of contents

Foreword by Robert Macfarlane Prologue The Green Evenings Secret Hills SPRING Orkney Northern Waters Spar Boxes, Northern England SUMMER Summer in the North The Rich Boys of Bygdoy and other fragments of a summer A Northward Journey and a Summer Storm HARVEST Bringing Home a Portrait by Cosmo Alexander Painting Northern Scotland The Food of the North (with Jane Stevenson) THE BACK END OF THE YEAR Visits in Autumn A Letter from Copenhagen The Grim Consolations of the North The Aesthetics of Remoteness and the North WINTER Winter in the North Epilogue: The Snow over Madrid Acknowledgements