Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time

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Pan Macmillan, 2007 - Artists - 876 pages
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'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

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“The message seems to be that when the possibility of critical discussion is withdrawn, anything can happen, and everything is altered. Among the many things altered is logic itself.” On Mao Zedong, p ... Read full review

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I have always admired Clive James. While being of quite similar political mien, I don't always completely agree with his arguments. Nevertheless, I find his writing and his huge appetite for both ... Read full review


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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.

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