Ladder of Shadows
Reflecting on Medieval Vestige in Provence and Languedoc
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Ladder of Shadows by Gustaf Sobin
Book DescriptionBits of late Roman coinage, the mutilated torso of a marble Venus, blue debris from an early medieval glassworks, and the powder rasped from the reputed tomb of Mary Magdalene - these tantalizing mementos of human history found scattered throughout the landscape of southeastern France are the points of departure for Gustaf Sobin's lyrical narrative. A companion volume to his acclaimed "Luminous Debris", "Ladder of Shadows" picks up where the former left off: with late antiquity, covering a period from roughly the third to the thirteenth century. Here Sobin offers brilliant readings of late Roman and early Christian ruins in his adopted region of Provence, sifting through iconographic, architectural, and sacramental vestiges to shed light on nothing less than the existential itself.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520253353
(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gustaf Sobin
In Pursuit of a Vanishing Star, Paperback (December 2002)
Drawing on the life of Greta Garbo, Gustaf Sobin spins a masterful tale about the enigmatic nature of idolatry.
Fly-Truffler, Paperback (May 2001)
Out of the pungent soil and wind-struck orchards of Provence, this enchanting love story will make you believe, if you ever doubted it, in the power of love and the lengths people will go to keep it alive.
Luminous Debris, Paperback (January 2000)» View all books by Gustaf Sobin
This text explores the landscapes of Provence and Languedoc, drawing on prehistory, protohistory and Gallo-Roman antiquity, focusing on a place or artifact. Archival curiosities invite inquiry and speculation: artefacts are read as realia, and history as an uninterrupted sequence of object lessons.
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Author Biography - Gustaf Sobin
Gustaf Sobin (1935-2005) was a poet, novelist, and essayist. His books include the novel The Fly-Truffler and Luminous Debris: Reflecting on Vestige in Provence and Languedoc (UC Press).
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