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Description - Luminous Debris by Gustaf Sobin

This text explores the landscapes of Provence and Languedoc, drawing on prehistory, protohistory, and Gallo-Roman antiquity, focusing on a particular place or artifact for the relevance inherent in each. A Bronze Age earring or the rippling wave pattern in Massiolite ceramic are more than archival curiosities for Gustaf Sobin. Instead they invite inquiry and speculation on existence: artefacts are read as realia, and history as an uninterrupted sequence of object lessons. As much travel writing as meditative discourse, this book is enhanced by a prose that tracks, questions, and reflects on the materials invoked. Sobin engages the reader with precise descriptions of those materials and the messages to be gleaned from their examination, be they existential, ethical, or political.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520222458
ISBN-10: 0520222458
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 11-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gustaf Sobin

Gustaf Sobin's books include Voyaging Portraits (1988), Venus Blue: A Novel (1991), Breaths' Burials (1995), By the Bias of Sound (1996), and Towards the Blanched Alphabets (1998). A novel, The Fly-Truffler, set in Provence, is forthcoming this year.

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Fly-Truffler by Gustaf Sobin
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