Solar Dance

Solar Dance

Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age

By Modris Eksteins

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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The face is soft and pleasant, the forehead high, the brow clean. This man in his early thirties has wavy auburn hair and a mouth, small and gentle, poised on the verge of a smile that nonetheless never comes. The eyes, too, have a tentative look— perhaps ready to dart fawnlike side to side. The hands, however, are prominent and purposeful...
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Praise for Solar Dance

SHORTLISTED 2013 – BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
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