Zbigniew Herbert Bogdana Carpenter John Carpenter
Still Life with a Bridle: Essays and Apocryphas
June 23, 2019 Comments.. 290
Still Life with a Bridle Essays and Apocryphas In Still Life with a Bridle poet and essayist Zbigniew Herbert takes an intriguing look at the cultural artisitic and aesthetic legacy of th century Holland These sixteen essays reveal Herbert s

  • Title: Still Life with a Bridle: Essays and Apocryphas
  • Author: Zbigniew Herbert Bogdana Carpenter John Carpenter
  • ISBN: 9781907903496
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Still Life with a Bridle, poet and essayist Zbigniew Herbert takes an intriguing look at the cultural, artisitic, and aesthetic legacy of 17th century Holland These sixteen essays reveal Herbert s discriminating artistic eye and poetic sensibility, one that revels in irony, humor, and a satirist s appreciation of the absurd An inveterate museum goer, he focuses on theIn Still Life with a Bridle, poet and essayist Zbigniew Herbert takes an intriguing look at the cultural, artisitic, and aesthetic legacy of 17th century Holland These sixteen essays reveal Herbert s discriminating artistic eye and poetic sensibility, one that revels in irony, humor, and a satirist s appreciation of the absurd An inveterate museum goer, he focuses on the art of the Dutch masters, using it as a stepping off point for a thoroughly individual and entertaining examination of the foibles, genius, and character of the Dutch people as a whole The result is an unorthodox and revealing glimpse into the past that gives us a keener understanding not only of a distant people, but of ourselves as well.Author Biography Zbigniew Herbert 1924 1998 was a spiritual leader of the anticommunist movement in Poland His work has been translated into almost every European language he has won numerous prizes, most recently the Jerusalem Prize and the T S Eliot Prize His books include Selected Poems, Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems, Mr Cogito, Still Life with a Bridle, and the new prose collection The King of the Ants, all available from The Ecco Press.

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    1. Anna says:

      It's a masterpiece. I was thunderstruck when I read that the tulips are handicapped because out of all flowers they don't smell. What on Earth I was thinking about when I was buying them? How could I missed that one?!? It showed me one thing/truth: we look but we don't see. We're not paying attention or we simply don't care. We're taking things for granted Anyway, that was really a superb reading!

    2. Eoin says:

      Simply exquisite writing. A trip to the Netherlands is definitely in the offing on foot of the observations in this collection.

    3. César says:

      El poeta polaco Zbigniew Herbert reúne en este volumen breves ensayos y miniaturas sobre hechos y personas inspirados por el siglo de oro holandés. Desde la singular posición del país, prácticamente contra natura, viajamos por una de las zonas más vivas y libres del siglo XVII; un pueblo compuesto de artesanos y campesinos, burgueses apegados a objetos y costumbres, en el que la pintura alcanzó el valor de moneda común. Las condiciones de vida y el mundo de estos artesanos pintores, inge [...]

    4. Malcolm Hebron says:

      I started this on a trip to Amsterdam recently, but read most of it afterwards. It's a superb, inspiring read, taking in tulip mania, economy, art collectors, and a gathering of fascinating individual stories, such as the detective quest for the meaning of the painting which gives the book its title. Above all, Herbert's book is an education in looking and thinking. Precise and distilled in its observations, it eschews the dry factual prose of so much art history, the pedantry of formal geometri [...]

    5. jeff says:

      Is impressionistic too hackneyed a qualifier? Herbert explores the Dutch culture of the 17th century, mostly focusing on the art (and my how there was art), but also on the artists, the art collectors, and those obsessed by tulips for a few brief, terrifying years. As in his other prose work, i feel like i need to read it 3 or 4 more times to appreciate everything Herbert talks about and moreover the way he talks about it. I also need to read it with access to the internet so i can begin to see [...]

    6. Kirsten says:

      I picked up this translation years ago in a book swap somewhere in eastern europe. The entire book was lovely, but the apocryphas in particular have stayed with me long after my memory of the details faded.

    7. Karen says:

      Fantastic! The author did his own research with primary sources on life and culture in 17th century Netherlands, and writes with sophistication on the arts and culture in a new capitalist society (tulips as a commodity, anyone?) A highly learned and interesting read, but not academic.

    8. Kate says:

      Recommended by Rachel Cohen 5 books editor

    9. Павел Купцов says:

      Одни из лучших эссе, которые я читал, и лучшая книга про Голландию.

    10. Steve says:

      Really good pieces on Dutch art of the 17th century.

    11. Christine says:

      If you want to learn about Holland not through a travel guide but through art , history, and observation this book will create a proper experience of the lowlands.

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