Modern Nature: Journals, 1989 – 1990 - The Journals of Derek Jarman (Paperback)
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Modern Nature: Journals, 1989 – 1990 - The Journals of Derek Jarman (Paperback)

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Published: 03/05/2018
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Horticulture was both therapy and meditation for filmmaker Derek Jarman, and this intimate diary of the period he spent tending to his garden at Dungeness is as much about personal and cultural reflection as planting and pruning. Written as Jarman absorbed the effects of his HIV diagnosis, Modern Nature is often poignant, often angry and always rewarding.

Read this meditative and inspiring diary of Derek Jarman's famous garden at Dungeness, which is also a powerful account of his life as an HIV positive man in the 1980s.

In 1986 Derek Jarman discovered he was HIV positive and decided to make a garden at his cottage on the barren coast of Dungeness.

Facing an uncertain future, he nevertheless found solace in nature, growing all manner of plants. While some perished beneath wind and sea-spray others flourished, creating brilliant, unexpected beauty in the wilderness.

Modern Nature is both a diary of the garden and a meditation by Jarman on his own life: his childhood, his time as a young gay man in the 1960s, his renowned career as an artist, writer and film-maker. It is at once a lament for a lost generation, an unabashed celebration of gay sexuality, and a devotion to all that is living.

'An essential - urgent - book for the 21st Century' Hans Ulrich Obrist

This new edition features an introduction from Olivia Laing, the author of Crudo

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784873875
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The most beautiful & furious book of all time - Olivia Laing

An essential – urgent – book for the 21st Century - Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Gallery

A marvellous, moving book - Sunday Telegraph

Jarman gave his garden a certain narrative; perhaps he treated it a bit like a film or theatre set. His films were visionary, eccentric, romantic and rebellious, all of which could also be said about his garden - Guardian

It's hard not to warm to the man who, in the face of all the personal and professional hardships described in this book, can still regard himself as 'the most fortunate film-maker of my generation - Guardian

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“buy an older edition”

Full of grammar mistakes and spelling mistakes. Have seen different spellings of the same name, within the same sentence. Disappointing and lazy copy editing by Vintage Classics/Penguin.

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“Modern Nature Derek Jarman”

A journal of love stories, his love for nature, for his friends, his art, for history and culture and for the life he is slowly losing, it is an honest, funny, sometimes bitchy, courageous, heartbreaking book that is... More

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