And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief As Photos

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Bloomsbury, 2005 - Twentieth century - 112 pages
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'Those who read or listen to our stories see everything as though through a lens. This lens is the secret of narration, and it is ground anew in every story, ground between the temporal and the timeless In our brief mortal lives, we are grinders of these lenses'.

When John Berger wrote this apparently unclassifiable book, it was to become a sensation, translated into nine languages and indelible from the minds of those who read it. This stunning work is a shoebox filled with delicate love letters containing poetry and thoughts on mortality, art, love and absence, capturing moments in time that hover above Berger's surprising landscapes. From his lyrical description of the works of Caravaggio and profound explorations of death and immigration to the sight of some lilac at dusk in the mountains, this is a beautiful and most intimate response to the world around us.

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Review: And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos

User Review  - Kostas - Goodreads

This book is impossible to classify. It is a composition of prose, poetry, essays on art, migration, ideas about time, power, history the work of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Caravaggio. The thought of ... Read full review

Review: And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos

User Review  - Milton Brasher-Cunningham - Goodreads

John Berger writes in a way that fills my lungs, my heart, my head. I feel as though he has placed every word on every page in the same way a mosaic artist sets each piece of tile in place. He writes with both mind and heart. I love this book. Read full review

About the author (2005)

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-winning novel G, To the Wedding and King. Amongst his outstanding studies of art and photography are Another Way of Telling, The Success and Failure of Picasso, Titian: Nymph and Shepherd (with Katya Berger) and the internationally acclaimed Ways of Seeing.He lives and works in a small village in the French Alps, the setting for his trilogy Into Their Labours (Pig Earth, Once in Europa and Lilacand Flag). His collection of essays The Shape of a Pocket was published in 2001. His latest fiction, Here Is Where We Meet is published by Bloomsbury in 2005.

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