Beautiful Death: Art of the Cemetery

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Penguin Studio, 1996 - Art - 176 pages
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"While based in Paris, David Robinson roamed the cemeteries of Europe. Over a period of two years he took more than ten thousand photographs of cemeteries, including Pere-Lachaise, Montparnasse, and Montmartre in Paris, the cemeteries of London and village churchyards in England, the Jewish Cemetery in Prague, and cemeteries across France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. He sought out the strange, affecting beauty of tombs, the poignant signs of loss, mourning, and separation, and the aspirations to afterlife and reunion in the beyond. In his images we see the fleeting gestures of defiance against oblivion - the claims of the living on behalf of the dead - in the clasping of hands, proffered kisses, fading flowers, beaded wreaths, even where a passerby has rouged the lips of a pining figure carved in stone." "Dean Koontz has written a deeply moving memoir of his parents that tells of their troubled relationship and of a family mystery sealed by the grave. An intriguing, perhaps life-saving telephone call offers the ring of hope, the elusive promise of afterlife."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - bookishbat - LibraryThing

Primarily photographs by David Robinson, with an opening essay by Dean Koontz. Lovely art photos, but not a book you'll look to if you want to track down the exact location (or history, or name of anyone in the tombs) of any of these graves beyond the cemetery where they're located. Read full review

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User Review  - CozyLover - LibraryThing

As much as I love wandering in old graveyards, photographing the stone work, I think this book could of been done better. some of the art was lovely, but I expected more statuary and close ups of centuries old gravestones. Read full review


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About the author (1996)

David Robinson is a film historian and critic.

Dean Koontz was born on July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania. He received a degree in education from Shippensburg State College in 1967. A former high school English teacher as well as a teacher-counselor with the Appalachian Poverty Program, he began writing as a child to escape an ugly home life caused by his alcoholic father. A prolific writer at a young age, he had sold a dozen novels by the age of 25. Early in his career, he wrote under numerous pen names including David Axton, Brian Coffey, K. R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols, Richard Paige, and Owen West. He is best known for the books written under his own name, many of which are bestsellers, including Midnight, Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, The Husband, Odd Hours, 77 Shadow Street, Innocence, and The City. In 2015 he made The New York Times Best Seller List wiht his title Saint Odd.

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