Neal Ascherson is one of Britain's finest writers in an undefinable genre that fuses history, memoir, politics and meditations on places. His books on Poland and his collected essays on the strange Britain to which he returned from Europe in the mid 1980s were deeply influential. In 1995, Black Sea won critical praise in many languages and several ...
Neal Ascherson is one of Britain's finest writers in an undefinable genre that fuses history, memoir, politics and meditations on places. His books on Poland and his collected essays on the strange Britain to which he returned from Europe in the mid 1980s were deeply influential. In 1995, Black Sea won critical praise in many languages and several literary prizes. Stone Voices is Ascherson's return to his native Scotland. It is an exploration of Scottish identity, but this is no journalistic rumination on the future of that small nation. Ascherson instead weaves together a story of deep time - the time of geology and archaeology, of myth and legend - with the story of modern Scotland and its rebirth. Few writers in these islands have his ability to write so well about the natural context of history.
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Very Good. ISBN: 0-8090-8845-2, Minor water spot to the top edge toward the rear not very intrusive, with a couple nearly invisible spots to the fore-edge; very little wear whatsoever overall. Text is clean. '[The author] launches what he calls an imaginative invasion of his native land, searching for the relationships, themes, and fantasies that make up 'Scotland. ' His journey through Scotland's past is interwoven with a rollicking account of a backcountry bus expedition he joined during the 1997 referendum campaign that led to Scotland's first modern Parliament. [He] explores the slow hybrid formation of the Scottish over centuries of immigrations; the peculiar nature of their diaspora; the coexistence of their search for an 'authentic' Scotland with the myths others create; and the Scots' proud sense of true independence. ' 326 pages.
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