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Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time (Anglais) Broché – 22 septembre 2007

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Finally in paperback after six hardcover printings, this international bestseller is an encyclopedic A-Z masterpiece the perfect introduction to the very core of Western humanism. Clive James rescues, or occasionally destroys, the careers of many of the greatest thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists, and philosophers of the twentieth century. Soaring to Montaigne-like heights, Cultural Amnesia is precisely the book to burnish these memories of a Western civilization that James fears is nearly lost."

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  • Broché: 912 pages
  • Editeur : Picador; Édition : 2nd (22 septembre 2007)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0330418866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330418867
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,4 x 4,5 x 23,3 cm
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C'est la version audio (lue par l'auteur)du livre du même nom.
Collection d'essais d'un grand critique Australien; il couvre des sujets aussi variés que Albert Camus, Anna Akhmatova, Egon Friedell, Thomas Mann, Tony Curtis et Duke Ellington (et beaucoup d'autres); dans une forme constamment passionnante, et un style ébouriffant, il retrace ses nombreuses années de lectures littéraires et polyglottes; un parcours à travers 20 siècles de littérature (plus quelques films et disques) ; c'est spirituel, érudit, amical et délicieux à reprendre n'importe où...(pas encore traduit en français).
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Amazing Journey through Recent Cultural Heritage 25 octobre 2013
Par Merrill Danford - Publié sur
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Our shared European/Western heritage (and I include Russia and South/Central America here--as, of course, does James) is no small matter to be sniffed away. We compare favorably with both the Chinese/East Asian and Indian subcontinental heritages. For whatever reasons, the flowering of the West since the 1500s and the comparative relative suppression in the East Asian, South Asian, and Muslim worlds has resulted in this experiment of liberal democracy we are so struggling with. (I rate, per Kennedy, competition in the European milieu vs. monolithic suppression of technological advancement in the others as the leading cause of our successes in both colonialism and cultural production, rather than blaming colonialism per se--we weren't successful colonialists against the three monoliths until they had decayed--actively suppressing technological advancement meanwhile--for a couple hundred years while we enriched ourselves at the expense of the native Americans in the Caribbean, South America, Central America, and North America.) Maybe a terrible governing system, but proven better than anything else tried yet.

More important, however, is the fact of it being a SHARED heritage. We Europeans and descendants of Europeans, with a shared heritage, thus have a shared destiny. We should avoid and sidestep the tendencies we are now developing toward monolithic technological suppression in our turn, but we should also remember that for all the competition we should be fostering within and among ourselves, we stand or fall together--and the stability of the world, with us.

James doesn't limit himself in any way except toward excellence. The result is simply astounding.

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A read to provoke thought 21 janvier 2014
Par Ghj Vause - Publié sur
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Clive James has chosen an interesting spectrum of intelligensia moded on the counterpoise of first half 20th century European politics with culture. Largely his observations on greater and lessor thinkers, they are as always thought provoking whilst his command of the written word, history and culture demands that, for lessor mortals such as I, this be read on an eBook or with wikipedia at hand.
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A worthy effort 3 décembre 2012
Par Chas Stephens - Publié sur
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It takes a bit of reading to get into this tome by Clive James. Usually his essays make good reading with a lively point of view. This book is heavy going at times, and the interesting observations are separated by a lot of words.
A Brain To Trust? 10 janvier 2015
Par reading man - Publié sur
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Clive James has topped himself with this quirky book. Ostensibly, a collection of short essays on various cultural figures (mostly writers, philosophers, political theorists), it represents a unity to his mind of the influences on his mind over the years. The essays are arranged alphabetically by name and even the very well-read will find more than a few names hitherto unknown to them.

You can't help asking yourself: is there an element of self-aggrandisement here? Are we supposed to be impressed by the width and depth of James' reading? To some degree, I think so, but not enough to merit the epithet "showboating".

Some of his judgments are quirky to say the very least. Jean-Francois Revel is an outstanding political thinker, but to claim that his book on Proust is the best critical study of Au Recherche du Temps perdu is blatant hyperbole. And the vituperative attack on Sartre for condoning the Gulags that amounts to condemning all he ever wrote is absurd. NAUSEA is a landmark in 20th century fiction, just as VOYAGE AU BOUT DE LA NUIT is a masterpiece in spite of BAGATELLES.

On the other hand, James' assertion that the death of Prevost fighting for the Maquis is the equivalent in French letters of what would have happened in British lit if Orwell had been killed in Spain is perspicacious to the nth degree. Prevost did write the best--or at least one of the best--critical books ever on Stendhal.

James is a hard man to please when it comes to style, for example, his critique of Anthony Powell ignores the genuine originality of Powell's prose (though he could make a case that A DANCE is really too long!). It's a case, alas, of physician heal thyself, because you sometimes get the feeling that James is trying to duplicate the speed and pith of his favorite stylists with results that are fast and furious and not what he intends.

Still, for a wealth of information about figures you know and don't as yet know, this book is a winner. It's also a pretty good picture of James the artist as ageing savant.
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Showing off. 27 avril 2013
Par Ms. Mary E Higgins - Publié sur
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I gave up on this. I allow myself to do this now that I'm old. It's fine to know that Clive James is so erudite and such a talented linguist. But it's a book for a niche market. It's for people who've read everything Clive James has so that they can bring critical faculty to bear on his opinions.
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