Selected Essays of John Berger

Selected Essays of John Berger

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By (author) John Berger

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 588 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 203mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375713182
  • ISBN 13: 9780375713187
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 92,555

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The writing career of John Berger-poet, storyteller, playwright, and essayist-has yielded some of the most original and compelling examinations of art and life of the past half century. In this essential volume, Geoff Dyer has brought together a rich selection of many of Berger's seminal essays. Berger's insights make it impossible to look at a painting, watch a film, or even visit a zoo in quite the same way again. The vast range of subjects he addresses, the lean beauty of his prose, and the keenness of his anger against injustice move us to view the world with a new lens of awareness. Whether he is discussing the singleminded intensity of Picasso's "Guernica, " the parallel violence and alienation in the art of Francis Bacon and Walt Disney, or the enigmatic silence of his own mother, what binds these pieces throughout is the depth and fury of Berger's passion, challenging us to participate, to protest, and above all, to see.

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John Berger was born in London in 1926. His many books, innovative in form and far-reaching in their historical and political insight, include the Booker Prize-wining novel G." "His new collection of essays The Shape of a Pocket has been published in 2001. John Berger now lives and works in a small village in the French Alps.

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" An important, not-to-be-missed chance to luxuriate in Berger's incomparable sagacity and visual sense." -- "The Washington Post" " [Berger's grace] is in his way with words, and the infinite meanings he finds in that common but extraordinary thing, noticing." -- "The New York Times Book Review" " Tenderness, and an unflagging interest in the experience of being human, infuse his work." -- "Los Angeles Times "" Berger is one of the greatest living writers in the English language." -- "Buffalo News"

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The writing career of John Berger-poet, storyteller, playwright, and essayist-has yielded some of the most original and compelling examinations of art and life of the past half century. In this essential volume, Geoff Dyer has brought together a rich selection of many of Berger's seminal essays. Berger's insights make it impossible to look at a painting, watch a film, or even visit a zoo in quite the same way again. The vast range of subjects he addresses, the lean beauty of his prose, and the keenness of his anger against injustice move us to view the world with a new lens of awareness. Whether he is discussing the singleminded intensity of Picasso's "Guernica, the parallel violence and alienation in the art of Francis Bacon and Walt Disney, or the enigmatic silence of his own mother, what binds these pieces throughout is the depth and fury of Berger's passion, challenging us to participate, to protest, and above all, to see.

Table of contents

Editor's Introduction From Permanent Red (1960) (US title Toward Reality) Preface to the 1979 Edition Introduction Drawing Jackson Pollock Henry Moore Juan Gris Jacques Lipchitz Ossip Zadkine Fernand Léger Pablo Picasso Henri Matisse Oskar Kokoschka The Clarity of the Renaissance The Calculations of Piero Poussin's Order Watteau as the Painter of His Time The Honesty of Goya The Dilemma of the Romantics Millet and Labour The Politics of Courbet Gauguin’s Crime From The Moment of Cubism (1969) The Moment of Cubism The Historical Function of the Museum The Changing View of Man in the Portrait Art and Property Now Image of Imperialism Nude in a Fur Coat: Rubens The Painter in His Studio: Vermeer Et in Arcadia Ego: Poussin The Maja Dressed and The Maja Undressed: Goya Mathias Grünewald L. S. Lowry 138 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Alberto Giacometti Pierre Bonnard Frans Hals Auguste Rodin From The Look of Things (1972) Peter Peri Zadkine Le Corbusier Victor Serge Walter Benjamin Drawings by Watteau Fernand Léger Thicker than Water (Corot) Painting a Landscape Understanding a Photograph The Political Uses of Photo-Montage The Sight of a Man Revolutionary Undoing Past Seen from a Possible Future The Nature of Mass Demonstrations The Booker Prize Speech Speech on Accepting the Booker Prize for Fiction (1972) From About Looking (1980) Why Look at Animals? The Suit and the Photograph Photographs of Agony Paul Strand Uses of Photography The Primitive and the Professional Millet and the Peasant Seker Ahmet and the Forest La Tour and Humanism Francis Bacon and Walt Disney An Article of Faith Between Two Colmars Courbet and the Jura Turner and the Barber’s Shop Rouault and the Suburbs of Paris Magritte and the Impossible Romaine Lorquet Field From The White Bird (1985) (US title The Sense of Sight) The White Bird The Storyteller The Eaters and the Eaten On the Bosphorus The Theatre of Indifference Modigliani's Alphabet of Love The Hals Mystery In a Moscow Cemetery Ernst Fischer: A Philosopher and Death François, Georges and Amélie: A Requiem in Three Parts Drawn to That Moment The Eyes of Claude Monet The Work of Art Mayakovsky: His Language and His Death [with Anya Bostock] The Hour of Poetry Leopardi The Production of the World Ulysses The First and Last Recipe: Ulysses (1991) From Keeping a Rendezvous (1992) Note to the Reader Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye That Which Is Held A Load of Shit Mother A Story for Aesop The Ideal Palace Imagine Paris A Kind of Sharing Christ of the Peasants A Professional Secret Ape Theatre The Opposite of Naked A Household Drawing on Paper Erogenous Zone The Soul and the Operator The Third Week of August, 1991 Appendices Notes Sources