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Cultural Amnesia by Clive James
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Sep 04, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: books-that-make-my-tbr-pile-grow
Read in September, 2007

A huge number of essays regarding personages from the literary and philosophic circles (mostly twentieth century, a few non-humanities related) - some biographic, some intensely focused, and some that only use the person in question as a jumping off point for a larger discussion on a topic. A very large majority of the minds profiled are from the early-to-mid-twentieth century and affected by World War II in some way. James really drives home the point that so many people and ideas were lost in that war due to exile or death (or suppression); two of the best essays were on Egon Friedell and Admiral Yamamoto.

Like the shelf title says - this is a book that made my TBR list grow. Not a big problem, except some of the figures profiled no longer have work in print or, if they do, the work hasn't been translated into English.

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