Ladder of Shadows by Gustaf Sobin
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Ladder of Shadows
By Gustaf Sobin

Ladder of Shadows

Reflecting on Medieval Vestige in Provence and Languedoc

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Ladder of Shadows by Gustaf Sobin

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Bits 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 Details

ISBN: 9780520253353
ISBN-10: 0520253353
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Gustaf Sobin

In Pursuit of a Vanishing Star by 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 by Gustaf Sobin 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 by Gustaf Sobin Luminous Debris, Paperback (January 2000)

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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