Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time

Author(s): Clive James

Essays

âe~One stupendous starburst of wild brillianceâe(tm) SIMON SCHAMA âe~Aphoristic and acutely provocative: a crash course in civilizationâe(tm) J. M. COETZEE Organized from A through Z, and containing over 100 essays, Cultural Amnesia is the ultimate guide to the twentieth century. âe~This is a beautiful book. James proves himself not only to be in possession of a towering intellect, but a singular ability to communicate his passionsâe(tm) Observer âe~Witty, insightful and unashamedly erudite, the book is a superb miscellany of 20th-century cultural and political subjectsâe(tm) The Sunday Times âe~Over the past forty years James has been scribbling notes in the margins of the books he has read . . . and this is the result. Clever, contentious and funnyâe(tm) Guardian âe~An eclectic journey through the 20th century, as Clive James explores the careers of luminaries such as Charles de Gaulle and Charlie Chaplinâe(tm) Daily Express


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'This is a beautiful book. James proves himself not only to be in possession of a towering intellect, but a singular ability to communicate his passions' - Observer 'Witty, insightful and unashamedly erudite, the book is a superb miscellany of 20th-century cultural and political subjects' - The Sunday Times 'Over the past forty years James has been scribbling notes in the margins of the books he has read ...and this is the result. Clever, contentious and funny' - Guardian 'An eclectic journey through the 20th century, as Clive James explores the careers of luminaries such as Charles de Gaulle and Charlie Chaplin' - Daily Express For non-fiction, there was one stupedous starburst of wild brilliance: Clive James's Cultural Amnesia. It crackles with epigrammatic mischief and reminded me of Charles Dantzig's great Dictionnair egoiste de la litterature francaise, a book that features a devastating skewering of Sartre and a spirited defence of the adjective, plus essays on ignorance, cliches, therapy (against it) digressions (for) and lettres. Will someone please get this fabulous box of tricks translated? - Simon Schama 'Aphoristic and acutely provocative: a crash course in civilization' - J. M. COETZEE

Clive James is the author of more than thirty books. As well as his four volumes of autobiography, Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England, May Week was in June and North face of Soho, he has published collections of literary and television criticism, essays, travel writing, verse and novels. As a television performer he has appeared regularly for both the BBC and ITV, most notably as writer and presenter of the Postcard series of travel documentaries. He helped to found the independent television production company Watchmaker and the Internet enterprise Welcome Stranger, one of whose offshoots is his multimedia "http://www.clivejames.com/" personal website

General Fields

  • : 9780330481755
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : January 2012
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : ports.
  • : Clive James
  • : Paperback
  • : 412
  • : en
  • : 909.82
  • : 16
  • : 875