The Shape of a Pocket

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Pantheon Books, 2001 - Art - 264 pages
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On the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday, Pantheon is publishing two extraordinary books by Berger: a collection of new criticism and a gathering of his most insightful and provocative writings on art over the past forty years.In The Shape of a Pocket, the pocket is, in the author's words, "a small pocket of resistance. A pocket is formed when two or more people come together in agreement. The resistance is against the inhumanity of the new world economic order. The people coming together are the reader, me, and those the essays are about -- Rembrandt, Paleolithic cave painters, a Romanian peasant, ancient Egyptians, an expert in the loneliness of certain hotel bedrooms, dogs at dusk, a man in a radio station. And unexpectedly, our exchanges strengthen each of us in our convictions that what is happening to the world today is wrong, and that what is often said about it is a lie. I've never written a book with a greater sense of urgency."

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User Review  - Dianne Oliver - Goodreads

Way out of my box, there were some essays I did not care to read, but there was some interesting thought... "What is a likeness? When a person dies, they leave behind, for those who knew them, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wilma Rebstock - Goodreads

I agree with what I understand of this book, but the truth is it is way over my head. I did fairly well with the impressionists and Rembrandt, but overall I got more out of the summary than I was able ... Read full review


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John Berger was born in London in 1926. His many books include the Booker Prize-winning novel G. and, more recently, To the Wedding and King. Amongst his outstanding studies of art and photography are Another Way of Telling, The Success and Failure of Picasso, and Ways of Seeing. Berger lives in a small village in the French Alps.

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