In the spring of 1900, British archaeologist Arthur Evans began
to excavate the palace of Knossos on Crete, bringing ancient Greek
legends to life just as a new century dawned amid far-reaching
questions about human history, art, and culture. With "Knossos and
the Prophets of Modernism," Cathy Gere relates the fascinating
story of Evans's excavation and its long-term effects on Western
culture. After the World War I left the Enlightenment dream in
tatters, the lost paradise that Evans offered in the concrete
labyrinth--pacifist and matriarchal, pagan and cosmic--seemed to
offer a new way forward for writers, artists, and thinkers such as
Sigmund Freud, James Joyce, Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Graves, and
Assembling a brilliant, talented, and eccentric cast at a moment
of tremendous intellectual vitality and wrenching change, Cathy
Gere paints an unforgettable portrait of the age of concrete and
the birth of modernism.
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