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Cultural Amnesia

Notes in the Margin of My Time

Author: Clive James   Series: Picador Collection

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Clive James the essayist and cultural critic at his brilliant best - a dizzyingly erudite tour of twentieth-century culture.

A dizzying, erudite tour of twentieth-century culture from essayist, critic and poet Clive James.

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Clive James the essayist and cultural critic at his brilliant best - a dizzyingly erudite tour of twentieth-century culture.

A dizzying, erudite tour of twentieth-century culture from essayist, critic and poet Clive James.

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A lifetime in the making, Cultural Amnesia is one of the crowning achievements in Clive James's illustrious career. Containing over a hundred essays, this is a definitive guide to twentieth century culture, cataloguing and exploring the careers of many of its greatest thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists and philosophers. From Louis Armstrong to Ludwig Wittgenstein, via Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka and Marcel Proust, this is a a illuminating and fascinating work of remarkable erudition.'Clive James is one of the most ingeniously stimulating literary critics now writing in English. Cultural Amnesia, with its encyclopedic length and organization and the intense jostle of its ideas, is to be dipped into over weeks and months. If the dipper occasionally brings up exasperation, it brings up astonished delight far more often; and, best of all, exasperated astonished delight' Boston Globe

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“"Clive James is one of the most ingeniously stimulating literary critics now writing in English. Cultural Amnesia, with its encyclopedic length and organization and the intense jostle of its ideas, is to be dipped into over weeks and months. If the dipper occasionally brings up exasperation, it brings up astonished delight far more often; and, best of all, exasperated astonished delight." The Boston Globe "[A] fabulously gifted, enviably well-read, generously inclusive, and always commonsensical writer." New York Review of Books "James not only preserves culture and nurtures humanism but also revitalizes the beauty and power of the English language." Booklist "Clever, contentious and funny." The Guardian "Witty, insightful and unashamedly erudite, the book is a superb miscellany of 20th-century cultural and political subjects." Sunday Times "This is a beautiful book. James proves himself not only to be in possession of a towering intellect, but a singular ability to communicate his passions." Observer (UK) "An eclectic journey through the 20th century, as Clive James explores the careers of luminaries such as Charles de Gaulle and Charlie Chaplin." Daily Express "On virtually every page, there is an arresting sentence, witty or profound." Mail on Sunday”

Clive James is one of the most ingeniously stimulating literary critics. Cultural Amnesia, with its encyclopedic length and organization and the intense jostle of its ideas, is to be dipped into over weeks and months. If the dipper occasionally brings up exasperation, it brings up astonished delight far more often; and, best of all, exasperated astonished delight Boston Globe
[A] fabulously gifted, enviably well-read, generously inclusive, and always commonsensical writer -- John Banville, author of The Sea New York Review of Books
One stupendous starburst of wild brilliance -- Simon Schama, author of A History of Britain and host of Civilisations
Aphoristic and acutely provocative: a crash course in civilization. -- J. M. Coetzee, author of Foe and Scenes From Provincial Life
This is a beautiful book. James proves himself not only to be in possession of a towering intellect, but a singular ability to communicate his passions. Observer
Witty, insightful and unashamedly erudite, the book is a superb miscellany of 20th-century cultural and political subjects. Sunday Times
Over the past forty years James has been scribbling notes in the margins of the books he has read . . . and this is the result. Clever, contentious and funny. Guardian
An eclectic journey through the 20th century, as Clive James explores the careers of luminaries such as Charles de Gaulle and Charlie Chaplin. Daily Express

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About the Author

Clive James was the author of more than forty books. As well as essays, he published collections of literary and television criticism, travel writing, verse and novels, plus five volumes of autobiography, Unreliable Memoirs, Falling TowardsEngland, May Week Was In June, North Face of Soho and The Blaze of Obscurity. As a television performer he appeared regularly for both the BBC and ITV, most notably as writer and presenter of the Postcard series of travel documentaries. He published several poetry collections, including the Sunday Times bestseller Sentenced to Life, and a translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy, which was also a Sunday Times bestseller. 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. He held honorary doctorates from Sydney University and the University of East Anglia. In 2012 he was appointed CBE and in 2013, an Officer of the Order of Australia. He died in 2019.

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Product Details

Publisher
Pan Macmillan | Picador
Published
28th April 2022
Pages
912
ISBN
9781529077346

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