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.
MODRIS EKSTEINS is professor emeritus of history at the University of Toronto. His bestselling, acclaimed Rites of Spring was published in 9 countries, won the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize and the Trillium Book Award and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Globe and Mail and The New York Times. Walking Since Daybreak was also a national bestseller, winner of the Pearson Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize and was named one of the Best Books of 2000 by The Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Times and The Globe and Mail. The author lives in Toronto, ON.
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