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Essayist and cultural critic Clive James at his brilliant best - a dizzyingly erudite tour of twentieth-century culture. Now reissued as part of the Picador Collection, celebrating 50 years of Picador books. A lifetime in the making, Cultural Amnesia is the book Clive James always wanted to write. Organized from A through to Z, and containing over one hundred essays, it's the ultimate guide to the twentieth century, illuminating the careers of many of its greatest thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists and philosophers. From Louis Armstrong to Ludwig Wittgenstein, via Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka and Marcel Proust, it's a book for our times - and, indeed, for all time.