Landscape and Memory

Landscape and Memory

By (author) Simon Schama

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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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  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 167.64 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 1,088.62g
  • 18 Mar 2006
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Vintage ed.
  • COLOR AND B&W ILLUSTRATIONS
  • 0679735127
  • 9780679735120
  • 21,591

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Simon Schama is Old Dominion Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. He is the author of "Citizens, Dead Certainties" and "An Embarrassment of Riches." Simon Schama lives in New York with his wife and their two children. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"Marvelously rich and eloquent...Entertaining...Wonderfully learned and perceptive." --"The New York Times Book Review ""[Schama's] sinewy prose is everywhere enlivened by an illuminating wit and fueled by a relentless and joyful curiosity...You get the impression he will venture anywhere, intellectually speaking, in pursuit of his historical prey...He's a scintillating guide." --"The Globe and Mail ""Fascinating...A potpourri of biography, art history and much else, skillfully blended and handsomely illustrated...Insightful." --"Maclean's " "From the Hardcover edition."

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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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