Cultural Amnesia

Cultural Amnesia

Notes in the Margin of My Time

Book - 2007
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Containing over 100 original essays, organised by quotations from A to Z, 'Cultural Amnesia' illuminates, rescues, or occasionally destroys the careers of many of the greatest thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists, and philosophers of the 20th century.
Publisher: London : Picador, 2007
ISBN: 9780330481748
Branch Call Number: ANF 909.09821 JAM
Characteristics: xxxii, 876 p. : port. ; 25 cm

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Dec 08, 2015

Wow. A real whopper of a book, which merits rereading. It was mentioned in the introduction that it was written over the course of forty years, although one can't tell from the writing style which entries are older and which newer, his prose just toots along at same brisk pace.
Included are many nearly forgotten intellectuals, most of which, for the few I was already familiar with certainly deserve a resurrection of sorts (many of them far better writers than today's).
Many if not most of the entries meander from the subject of the entry only to return to it near the end.

SB2000 May 09, 2011

Clive Jame's brilliant collection of essays that deals in the main with the destruction of the civilized, literary culture of central europe by totalitarianism's depradations through war and the persecution of jews, socialists, the "wrong kind" of socialists and free thinkers of all descriptions.

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