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Landscape and Memory

Simon Schama, CBE

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HARPER360
01 May 2019
History; General & world history; Historical geography; Anthropology
The forest primeval, the river of life, the sacred mount - read 'Landscape and Memory' to have these explained...

'Landscape and Memory' is a history book unlike any other. In a series of journeys through space and time, it examines our relationship with the landscape around us - rivers, mountains, forests - the impact each of them has had on our culture and imaginations, and the way in which we, in turn, have shaped them to answer our needs.

This is not a conventional history book, but a book that builds up its argument by a series of poetic stories and impressions which cumulatively have the effect of a great novel. The forest primeval, the river of life, the sacred mount - at the end of this wonderful book we understand where these ideas have come from, why they are so compelling and how they still lie all around us.
By:   Simon Schama CBE
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 175mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   1.540kg
ISBN:   9780006863489
ISBN 10:   0006863485
Pages:   672
Publication Date:   01 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. He is the author of 'Patriots and Liberators', which won the Wolfson Prize for History, 'The Embarrassment of Riches', 'Citizens' which won the 1990 NCR book award for non-fiction, 'Dead Certainties', 'Landscape and Memory' which won the W H Smith Literary Award in 1995, and 'Rembrandt's Eyes' (1999). He is also the author of the monumental 'History of Britain' published in three volumes. He was art critic of the 'New Yorker' from 1995 to 1998 and was made CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours list.

Reviews for Landscape and Memory

Citizens, patriots, liberators: Simon Schama has always had a good eye for a subject, but in Landscape and Memory we find him discussing wood, water and rock - what on earth is he getting at? In fact, he is undermining those who would like to compartmentalize and channel the study of history into a narrow and recognizable framework. This a different 'way of looking', not at people and events, but at the myths about landscape which form part of the common Western cultural tradition. In nearly 600 pages and with 300 illustrations, he travels from one side of the world to the other, surveying the ways in which landscape and the elemental forces of nature have served to influence the imaginations of peoples through the centuries. An interesting and worthwhile read because, as all good historians should, Schama forces you to think, and to reconsider the apparently familiar in a new, different, and sometimes startling light. (Kirkus UK)


  • Short-listed for NCR Book Award 1996
  • Shortlisted for NCR Book Award 1996.
  • Winner of W H Smith Annual Literary Award 1996.
  • Winner of WH Smith Annual Literary Award 1996
  • Winner of WH Smith Annual Literary Award 1996.
  • Winner of WH Smith Literary Prize 1996.

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