Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts Paperback – 16 Sep 2008
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The greatest cultural critic of our time. -- Allen Barra
The summa of James's unparalleled career as a cultural critic.
One of the most ingeniously stimulating literary critics now writing in English. -- Richard Eder
A capacious and capricious encyclopedia of essays about everyone he considers worth knowing about in the 20th century. -- Liesl Schillinger
For non-fiction, there was one stupedous starburst of wild brilliance: Clive James's Cultural Amnesia. It crackles with epigrammatic mischief and reminded me of Charles Dantzig's great Dictionnair egoiste de la litterature francaise, a book that features a devastating skewering of Sartre and a spirited defence of the adjective, plus essays on ignorance, cliches, therapy (against it) digressions (for) and lettres. Will someone please get this fabulous box of tricks translated? -- Simon Schama
James's writings include the great tome Cultural Amnesia, the reading of which is something like getting a master's degree in 20th-century intellectual history. --Elizabeth Gilbert"
About the Author
Born in Australia, Clive James lives in Cambridge, England. He is the author of Unreliable Memoirs; a volume of selected poems, Opal Sunset; the best-selling Cultural Amnesia; and the translator of The Divine Comedy by Dante. He has written for the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
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Camus, Hitler, Tony Curtis, Zweig, Coco Chanel, Said - the breadth is epic - though much of what he goes into ultimately comes down to the cruelty of man and our inner urges - particularly the banal pull of Totalitarianism.
James is a genius - a master of both the low-brow AND the high-brow - and a man who understands what true freedom is.
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I love Clive - he shaped my life. It's so great to sit down and read a thinking person. Intelligence and calm wit ... and all the time, that wonderful voice in your head. Read morePublished 23 months ago by The South Seas cruiser