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The Rock of Arles

Richard Klein

The Rock of Arles
The Rock of Arles

The Rock of Arles

Richard Klein

Hardback / bound | English
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Description

Richard Klein tells the millennia-spanning history of the city of Arles, France, from the perspective of the limestone eminence upon which it sits, showing how the city has always had a spirit that contested the reactionary conservative forces of the Church and nobility that governed it for fifteen centuries.

“In The Rock of Arles, Richard Klein revels in the role of an immensely imaginative ghostwriter. His fearlessly spirited prose records the views of the Rock—a grand personification that mixes semi-omniscience with interrogation and speculation—on an Arles that rivals Rome as the emblematic City of Humanity. The daringly revelatory result is a mock history—at times extravagantly and hilariously fictionalized yet at moments urgently compelling—of the Western world.”

The Rock of Arles is an urban history we didn’t know we needed and a history we wouldn’t have known at all except through its opinionated and often very funny orographic narrator. We take seriously what the Rock tells us about the past and our possible future not despite but because of its charmingly brazen fictiveness. This delightful book thwarts expectations; its queer history is of the moment and its form entirely sui generis . . . at least until other rocks decide to follow the Rock’s example.”

"An engaging, enjoyable read. A brief but pithy, informative piece of work, representing a unique approach to history writing."

Richard Klein is Professor Emeritus of French Literature at Cornell University and author of Cigarettes Are Sublime, also published by Duke University Press, Jewelry Talks: A Novel Thesis, and Eat Fat.

Specifications

  • Publisher
    Duke University Press
  • Pub date
    Feb 2024
  • Pages
    176
  • Theme
    FYP
  • Dimensions
    229 x 152 mm
  • Weight
    572 gram
  • EAN
    9781478020981
  • Hardback / bound
    Hardback / bound
  • Language
    English

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