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On Trust: Art and the Temptations of Suspicion Hardcover – 1 Sep 1999

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (1 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300079915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300079913
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,268,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A discussion of whether it is possible to create art today with the freedom of earlier ages and yet produce works that are more than merely decorative or commercial. The author argues that art is always made out of a deep confidence of being the world, and therefore in time and language.

From the Publisher

'it is as a good reader, and one suspects, a habitual practitioner of the deuxieme lecture, that Josipovici triumphs...The author's own manner has a certain seductive lightness...so keen and so intelligently expressed...the fruit of much learning and experience.' - Frank Kermode - Times Literary Supplement

'This book addresses weighty matters, but with such urgency and clarity that it achieves something of that quality of lightness which the author ascribes to Homer...It is invigorating to be present when a critic of Josipovici's seriousness and eminence takes a flying kick at such pillars of our musuem culture as Verdi and Dickens. Nor is he afraid of tackling the sore topic of high art versus low art.'- John Banville - Irish Times

'brillianty suggestive new book...Josipovici's categories yield brilliantly inflected insights...Josipovici writes with considerable persuasiveness.' - James Wood - London Review of Books

'absorbing book...his primary aim is an essential one: to remind us that suspicion has a history, that it is part of an ongoing practice, something with its own shifting rhythms, masks and responsibilities.' - Kenneth Gross - Times Higher Education Supplement

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