Synopses & Reviews
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 Bergers seminal essays.
Bergers 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 Picassos 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 Bergers passion, challenging us to participate, to protest, and above all, to see.
Once read, Berger's insights make it impossible to look at a painting, watch a film, or even make love quite the same way again. The range of subjects he addresses, the lean beauty of his prose, and the disarming simplicity of his opinions move the reader to view life, art, and the powers that bind with a new lens of awareness.
Includes bibliographical references.
About the Author
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.