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Countries of the Mind The Meaning of Place to Writers by Gillian Tindall
  

Countries of the Mind The Meaning of Place to Writers

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Countries of the Mind The Meaning of Place to Writers by Gillian Tindall

'Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening and often, to a degree, shapes it ...' - Elizabeth Bowen. This compelling study explores the way the great themes of English and French fiction in the past two centuries have been expressed through writers' sense of place. Gillian Tindall shows how familiar landscapes - whether Yorkshire moors or Paris streets - can acquire the force of powerful metaphors: rural scenes which embody regret for a golden past; cities which come to stand, paradoxically, both for decay and alienation and for hopes of a new life; country houses which survive in the memory as repositories of youthful dreams, spiritual mansions of the soul. A subtle and complex argument develops, through illuminating and detailed reading of a host of novelists, from Dickens and Zola to Alain Fournier and Evelyn Waugh. The result is a highly original view of two complementary cultures, a book which asks us to take a fresh look at the way in which writers map out and inhabit their own particular countries of the mind.

About the Author

Gillian Tindall

Gillian Tindall is well known for the quality of her writing and the meticulous nature of her research. She is a master of miniaturist history, making a particular person or situation stand for a much larger picture. She began her career as a prize-winning novelist and has continued to publish fiction, but she has also staked out a particular territory in idiosyncratic non-fiction that is brilliantly evocative of place. Her books include The Fields Beneath: The History of One London Village; Celestine: Voices from a French Village; The Journey of Martin Nadaud; and The Man Who Drew London: Wenceslaus Hollar in Reality and Imagination (also published by Pimlico).

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Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2010

Author

Gillian Tindall

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
264 pages
Interest Age: From 0 to 0 years

Categories

Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

ISBN

9780571260362

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