An acclaimed historian of the 20th century illuminates our current world, with its cults of celebrity and the crisis of the authentic. Solar Dance is a penetrating examination of legitimacy and truth, fakery and pretence--highly relevant to all of us today.
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Praise for Solar Dance
LONGLISTED 2013 – Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
"Brilliant.... Deeply researched.... An eye-opening and wide-ranging history of the Van Gogh cult.... Eksteins is a major historian and Solar Dance, like everything he writes, deserves a wide and attentive readership."
—Jeet Heer, National Post
"Incredibly original, erudite and ambitious.... Gives a clearer understanding of our cultural moment than just about anything published in ages."
—Literary Review of Canada
"Subtle and engaging.... Exposes the conditions that underwrite our own post-authentic, Lady Gaga world, with its tangles of celebrity culture, hyper-monetized art, politics-as-spectacle and mass-consumed 'truthiness'."
—Mark Kingwell, The Globe and Mail
"Eksteins has a knack for pinpointing moments in the rise of Modernism that expose the deep social forces that have shaped our world."
—The Wall Street Journal