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The Selected Essays of John Berger - John Berger

The Selected Essays of John Berger

By: John Berger, Geoff Dyer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th November 2001
ISBN: 9780747554196
Number Of Pages: 608

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Booker-winning novelist, playwright, essayist, poet and critic, John Berger has excelled in a variety of literary fields. This collection of essays takes a definitive look at his career. Berger's essays were ground breaking, polemic, reflective, and radically original. Spanning more than 40 years of intellectual enquiry and political engagement, these essays are viewed chronologically to provide a kind of vicarious autobiography and a history of time refracted through the prism of art.

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Released to coincide with the 75th birthday of English writer and art critic John Berger, the essays in this substantial volume span an exceptionally broad compass. They represent what editor Dyer calls in essence 'a vicarious autobiography', reflecting as they do every aspect of Berger's intellectual life over the past 40-odd years. Within these pages there are meditations on artists from Toulouse-Lautrec to Claude Monet, articles on Joyce's Ulysses, and even an intriguing connection made between Francis Bacon and Walt Disney; every essay distinguished by Berger's clear, distinct style, amply bearing witness to Nietzsche's belief that 'Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity; those who would like to seem profound strive for obscurity.' Winner of the 1972 Booker Prize for his novel G - about a young man's erotic journey at the end of the 19th century - Berger is perhaps an undervalued writer, though he's certainly fortunate here to be championed by Geoff Dyer, whose acumen and perspicacity provide a stimulating commentary. Dyer is not alone in his great enthusiasm for Berger's prose. American Susan Sontag once paid high tribute, commenting: 'In contemporary letters John Berger seems peerless; not since Lawrence has there been a writer who offers such attentiveness to the sensual world with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience.' Praise indeed. Intended as both a single-volume edition of his essays to date and simultaneous companion to his work as a whole, appreciation will depend upon the degree to which one shares Berger's distinctive outlook, characterized by 'a fierce political engagement' with everything he discusses. But such passion and unquenchable intellectual inquiry contains much that is admirable, and this works well as a comprehensive introduction to a singular individual. (Kirkus UK)

Editor's Introduction
From Permanent Red (1960) (US title Toward Reality)
Preface to the 1979 Editionp. 3
Introductionp. 6
Drawingp. 10
Jackson Pollockp. 15
Henry Moorep. 18
Juan Grisp. 20
Jacques Lipchitzp. 22
Ossip Zadkinep. 25
Fernand Legerp. 28
Pablo Picassop. 31
Henri Matissep. 35
Oskar Kokoschkap. 38
The Clarity of the Renaissancep. 41
The Calculations of Pierop. 44
Poussin's Orderp. 48
Watteau as the Painter of His Timep. 52
The Honesty of Goyap. 55
The Dilemma of the Romanticsp. 58
Millet and Labourp. 61
The Politics of Courbetp. 63
Gauguin's Crimep. 65
From The Moment of Cubism (1969)
The Moment of Cubismp. 71
The Historical Function of the Museump. 93
The Changing View of Man in the Portraitp. 98
Art and Property Nowp. 103
Image of Imperialismp. 108
Nude in a Fur Coat: Robensp. 117
The Painter in His Studio: Vermeerp. 122
Et in Arcadia Ego: Poussinp. 126
The Maja Dressed and The Maja Undressed: Goyap. 130
Mathias Grunewaldp. 134
L. S. Lowryp. 138
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrecp. 144
Alberto Giacomettip. 147
Pierre Bonnardp. 151
Frans Halsp. 156
Auguste Rodinp. 162
From The Look of Things (1972)
Peter Perip. 171
Zadkinep. 175
Le Corbusierp. 178
Victor Sergep. 181
Walter Benjaminp. 186
Drawings by Watteaup. 191
Fernand Legerp. 194
Thicker than Water (Corot)p. 206
Painting a Landscapep. 210
Understanding a Photographp. 215
The Political Uses of Photo-Montagep. 219
The Sight of a Manp. 224
Revolutionary Undoingp. 230
Past Seen from a Possible Futurep. 238
The Nature of Mass Demonstrationsp. 246
The Booker Prize Speech
Speech on Accepting the Booker Prize for Fiction (1972)p. 253
From About Looking (1980)
Why Look at Animals?p. 259
The Suit and the Photographp. 274
Photographs of Agonyp. 279
Paul Strandp. 282
Uses of Photographyp. 286
The Primitive and the Professionalp. 294
Millet and the Peasantp. 298
Seker Ahmet and the Forestp. 305
La Tour and Humanismp. 310
Francis Bacon and Walt Disneyp. 315
An Article of Faithp. 320
Between Two Colmarsp. 325
Courbet and the Jurap. 330
Turner and the Barber's Shopp. 336
Rouault and the Suburbs of Parisp. 341
Magritte and the Impossiblep. 345
Romaine Lorquetp. 350
Fieldp. 354
From The White Bird (1985) (US title The Sense of Sight)
The White Birdp. 361
The Storytellerp. 365
The Eaters and the Eatenp. 370
On the Bosphorusp. 375
The Theatre of Indifferencep. 382
Modigliani's Alphabet of Lovep. 387
The Hals Mysteryp. 393
In a Moscow Cemeteryp. 399
Ernst Fischer: A Philosopher and Deathp. 403
Francois, Georges and Amelie: A Requiem in Three Partsp. 413
Drawn to That Momentp. 419
The Eyes of Claude Monetp. 424
The Work of Artp. 430
Mayakovsky: His Language and His Death [with Anya Bostock]p. 436
The Hour of Poetryp. 445
Leopardip. 453
The Production of the Worldp. 459
The First and Last Recipe: Ulysses (1991)p. 467
From Keeping a Rendezvous (1992)
Note to the Readerp. 473
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbyep. 474
That Which Is Heldp. 483
A Load of Shitp. 489
Motherp. 493
A Story for Aesopp. 498
The Ideal Palacep. 516
Imagine Parisp. 522
A Kind of Sharingp. 527
Christ of the Peasantsp. 533
A Professional Secretp. 536
Ape Theatrep. 541
The Opposite of Nakedp. 550
A Householdp. 554
Drawing on Paperp. 559
Erogenous Zonep. 565
The Soul and the Operatorp. 570
The Third Week of August, 1991p. 576
Notesp. 583
Sourcesp. 587
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ISBN: 9780747554196
ISBN-10: 0747554196
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 19th November 2001
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.9
Edition Number: 1