Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time

Front Cover
Pan Macmillan, 2007 - Artists - 876 pages
88 Reviews

'A gigantic book on a gigantic theme' Sunday Times

'Aphoristic and acutely provocative: a crash course in civilization' J. M. Coetzee

A lifetime in the making, Cultural Amnesia is the book Clive James has always wanted to write. Organized from A through to Z, and containing over 100 essays, it's the ultimate guide to the twentieth-century, illuminating 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, it's a book for our times – and, indeed, for all time.

'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

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
35
4 stars
23
3 stars
21
2 stars
9
1 star
0

An excellent writer. - Goodreads
So it was easy to read short pieces. - Goodreads
His writing is well crafted & a joy to re - Goodreads
The man is obviously a great writer. - Goodreads

Review: Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

User Review  - Goodreads

This book is a wonderful, entertaining collection of descriptions of a collection. I didn't know all the people described. Along the way I enjoyed learning a hell of a lot even about the ones I ... Read full review

Review: Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

User Review  - Ryan Brinkworth - Goodreads

This book is a wonderful, entertaining collection of descriptions of a collection. I didn't know all the people described. Along the way I enjoyed learning a hell of a lot even about the ones I ... Read full review

Contents

c
85
D
129
Miles Davis
161
Copyright

30 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2007)

Clive James is the author of more than twenty books. As well as essays, he has published collections of literary and television criticism, travel writing, verse and novels, plus three volumes of autobiography. 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.

Bibliographic information