Search Results: "John Berger"


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THE LOOK OF THINGS by John Berger
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"Diversely rewarding."
Berger is a Marxist critic who so far eludes sectarian expectations that his writing seems closer in temper to the tradition of Ruskin and Pater — that is to say, a tradition of fine writing suffused with self and appreciation. Read full book review >

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LANDSCAPES by John Berger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Although Landscapes requires some observational flexibility to experience with a feeling of cohesion, these worldly essays are timeless, inspiring works of critical observation."
Landscapes in the loosest, most metaphorical sense of the term, this illuminating compilation of essays by Berger (Portraits, 2015, etc.) aims to situate a range of art criticism into an accessible realm. Read full book review >

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PORTRAITS by John Berger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Although some of the more mannered pieces don't work as well as others, it's always Berger's unique, captivating mind on display in these unabashedly personal essays—and that never disappoints."
A Berger sampler: the esteemed art critic offers up personal portraits of a wide array of well-known and lesser-known artists and art works. Read full book review >

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G. by John Berger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1972

"Ultimately (and ignoring the common reader whom it will defeat) it is an arresting, inordinately vital, impersonal, and remarkable work."
G. as anonymously archetypal as the use of the initial suggests, is the novel or rather anti-novel of the prominent British art critic and Marxist humanist. Read full book review >

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PHOTOCOPIES by John Berger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"With so clear a focus on death and detachment, it's hard not to see this collection as a sort of letting go—though not, one hopes, a cap on the career of so keen an observer and grandly gifted a writer."
Featherlight touches and resonant phrasing have been Berger's stock in trade through his extensive career as novelist and critic (To the Wedding, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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TO THE WEDDING by John Berger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"While the tragedy of AIDS has spawned many poignant works in the last decade, few have achieved the level of emotional, psychological, and physical harmony found here."
British art critic and novelist Berger's (Corker's Freedom, 1993, etc.) poetic sensibilities, already acute, are heightened here magnificently in a wrenching tale of young lovers whose future is poisoned by AIDS but who nevertheless seize the present, making their wedding a fulfilling, time-transcendent event. Read full book review >

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TOWARD REALITY by John Berger
Released: Jan. 1, 1962

"To anyone else, a rather genteel and gullible propagandist."
Londoner John Berger is the art critic of the New Statemans and The Observer; he's also a Marxist, as anyone reading "Toward Reality" will not fail to notice. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Why is the publication date timed for the sixth anniversary of 9/11? For the maximization of profits, of course."
Slender, slight collection of aphoristic essays by British art critic, novelist and political activist Berger (Here is Where We Meet, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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KEEPING A RENDEZVOUS by John Berger
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A too-mixed bag, unbalanced mostly by political deadweight."
Berger (The Sense of Sight, 1985, etc.) as art critic is a maddening case. Read full book review >

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PIG EARTH by John Berger
Released: Sept. 1, 1980

"Peas and porridge, but no pie."
In the darkness, which precedes sight or place or name, man and calf waited." Read full book review >

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ABOUT LOOKING by John Berger
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 1980

"A messier, more Procrustean critic would be hard to find, farfetched as often as he is just; yet Berger always holds your interest—which, considering the present state of art criticism, is no mean accomplishment."
Britain's John Berger has got to be the widest-ranging Marxist art critic around; and in these 23 assorted essays, 1966-79, he almost apotheosizes into a butterfly. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 20, 1985

"The occasional pleasures to be found in The Sense of Sight cannot, however, outweigh the tedium and air of self-congratulation to be found on almost every page."
Someone, at some time, must have told Berger he was sensitive. Read full book review >