Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age

Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age Review

In Solar Dance, acclaimed writer and scholar Modris Eksteins uses Vincent van Gogh as his lens for this brilliant survey of Western culture and politics in the last century.
 
The long-awaited follow-up to Modris Eksteins' internationally acclaimed Rites of Spring and Walking Since Daybreak. Now he has produced another thrilling, iconoclastic work of cultural history that is a trailblazing biography of an era--from the eve of the First World War and the rise of Hitler to the fall of the Berlin Wall--that illuminates our current world, with its cults of celebrity and the crisis of the authentic. Solar Dance is a penetrating examination of legitimacy and truth, fakery and pretence--highly relevant to all of us today.

Title:Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age
Edition Language:English

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  • Jim Coughenour

    A few months ago I bought the new Van Gogh biography, and it's been snoozing on my shelves ever since. So I felt a bit foolish picking up a second book on Van Gogh. But Eksteins' book promised to be b...

  • Gerard

    "Rites of Spring" and "Walking Since Daybreak" are two of my favourite books of history, especially the latter for both its accomplished fusion of memoir and history and its unique structure. Solar Da...

  • Alex Rauket

    An interesting but possibly slow-starting discussion of art and the meaning of it at the turn of the century. The scandal surrounding Wacker and the fake Van Gogh's seems at times secondary to the mai...

  • Olga Vannucci

    Why does Van GoghAttract us so?...

  • Tony

    We live in a time of false imitation.That is either a double negative or a tautology. But I don't think Modris Eksteins meant either. Nor do I think he meant it to show off his fluency in Gibberish. Y...

  • Leonel Caraciki

    Eu já havia comentado sobre o livro e a opinião mais ou menos continua a mesma. Modris Eksteins é um pesquisador de fôlego e um excelente escritor, porém sua análise é insuficiente. A história...

  • Scot

    This work of cultural analysis and art history puts forward a rather bold premise: the best way to truly understand the complexity, essence, and message of Modernism is to comprehend it in the life, w...

  • Fred Hughes

    First off I liked this book. It is in a genre I usually don’t visit but I am a huge fan of Van Gogh’s work.Although the book has a plot, an interesting cast of characters and a compelling raison d...

  • Darrell Reimer

    One of the enduring mysteries surrounding Vincent Van Gogh is just exactly how was he transformed from an unpleasant eccentric who shot himself in a field before any of his paintings fetched so much a...

  • Currerbelfry

    I bought this book after seeing "Van Gogh: Up Close" at the Philly Museum of Art. So far I have not had any cause to regret what was a bit of an impulse buy.There's a brief bio of Van Gogh to set the ...