The long-awaited follow-up to Modris Eksteins' internationally acclaimed Rites of Spring and Walking Since Daybreak. Now he has produced another thrilling, iconoclastic work of cultural history that is a trailblazing biography of an era--from the eve of the First World War and the rise of Hitler to the fall of the Berlin Wall--that 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
FINALIST 2012 – Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction
SHORTLISTED 2013 – BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
LONGLISTED 2013 – Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
WINNER 2013 – BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
“Brilliant.... Deeply researched.... The story of Wacker’s unlikely rise and equally quick unravelling makes for compulsive reading, made especially gripping by Eksteins’ sure-handed unfolding of the narrative. A crackerjack archival researcher, Ekstein brings to life not just Wacker but the world that created him and allowed him to briefly thrive.... Eksteins is a major historian and Solar Dance, like everything he writes, deserves a wide and attentive readership.”
—Jeet Heer, National Post
“Solar Dance vividly captures the large within the small…. It’s a story of an evocative moment along the 20th century’s ideology-ravaged road.”
“Subtle and engaging…. Eksteins tells his story in a suitably looping and layered manner, with many darts and artful reverses, using a range of knowledge and allusion reminiscent of his 1989 masterpiece, Rites of Spring.”
—Mark Kingwell, The Globe and Mail
“Uses Van Gogh as a prism to illuminate the contradictions and complexities of modernism and modernity. The results are learned . . . elegant . . . provocative.”
—Winnipeg Free Press