Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time

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Pan Macmillan, 4 sept. 2008 - 912 pagini
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‘In this book can be heard the merest edge of an enormous conversation. As they never were in life, we can imagine the speakers all gathered in some vast room, wearing name tags in case they don’t recognize each other (although some recognize each other all too well, and avoid contact). My heroes and heroines are here. The reader will recognize some of their names, while other names will be more obscure. My intellectual betes noires are here too, and the same division might apply.’

An almanac combining a comprehensive survey of modern culture with an annotated index of who-was-who and what-was-what, Cultural Amnesia is Clive James’ unique take on the places and the faces that shaped the twentieth-century. From Anna Akhmatova to Stefan Zweig, via Charles de Gaulle, Hitler, Thomas Mann and Wittgenstein, this varied and unfailingly absorbing book is both story and history, both public memoir and personal record – and provides an essential field-guide to the vast movements of taste, intellect, politics and delusion that helped to prepare the times we live in now.

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“The message seems to be that when the possibility of critical discussion is withdrawn, anything can happen, and everything is altered. Among the many things altered is logic itself.” On Mao Zedong, p ... Citiți recenzia completă

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I have always admired Clive James. While being of quite similar political mien, I don't always completely agree with his arguments. Nevertheless, I find his writing and his huge appetite for both ... Citiți recenzia completă

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Despre autor (2008)

Clive James is the author of more than thirty books. As well as essays, he has published collections of literary and television criticism, travel writing, verse and novels, plus five volumes of autobiography, including his Unreliable Memoirs. As a television performer he appeared regularly for both the BBC and ITV. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins memorial medal for literature. Cultural Amnesia was a New York Times Notable Book.

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