Book cover for Cultural Amnesia

Cultural Amnesia



28 April 2022
912 pages
Imprint: Picador


Clive James is one of the most ingeniously stimulating literary critics. Cultural Amnesia, with its encyclopedic length and organization and the intense jostle of its ideas, is to be dipped into over weeks and months. If the dipper occasionally brings up exasperation, it brings up astonished delight far more often; and, best of all, exasperated astonished delight
[A] fabulously gifted, enviably well-read, generously inclusive, and always commonsensical writer
One stupendous starburst of wild brilliance
Aphoristic and acutely provocative: a crash course in civilization.