Category - Arts & PhotographyBestsellers rank - 5
Last Landscapes explores death and the landscape of the cemetery. The picturesque village churchyard; the tightly packed "historic cities of the dead" such as the Jewish Cemetery in Prague; the war cemeteries of Northern France; the modernism of the Stockholm Woodland Cemetery; the graveyards of North America -- in discussing the history and culture of these architectural expressions of memory and loss, Ken Worpole also -locates the national, religious and romantic attitudes they express. This evocative book, which also examines the contemporary memorialization of artists such as Rachel Whiteread and Ian Hamilton Finlay, contains more than 100 color pictures.
'One of the most thought-provoking books of the year.' - The Independent 'A richly humane and engrossing book ... a work that is warm, compassionate, intelligent and thought-provoking.' - Building Design 'A remarkably beautiful book ... As a long-time professor of worship, I spent many years talking with seminarians and pastors about theological and liturgical aspects of rites related to death. Last Landscapes shows that such conversations would be enriched if they were to address topics that Worpole discusses with such sensitivity and insight.' - Anglican Theological Review 'Reading this book is a pleasure. The book is beautifully illustrated with photography by Larraine Worpole ... It spends time with architectural and landscape history, makes tracks through sociology and economics, ponders theological and philosophical positions, and lingers before some remarkable aesthetic achievements.' - The Twentieth Century Society Journal Ken Worpole has written a number of books on urban and cultural policy, and contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Independent, Prospect and the Times Literary Supplement.
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