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John Berger (1926–2017)

Author of Ways of Seeing

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About the Author

John Peter Berger was born in London, England on November 5, 1926. After serving in the British Army from 1944 to 1946, he enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art. He began his career as a painter and exhibited work at a number of London galleries in the late 1940s. He then worked as an art critic show more for The New Statesman for a decade. He wrote fiction and nonfiction including several volumes of art criticism. His novels include A Painter of Our Time, From A to X, and G., which won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Booker Prize in 1972. His other works include an essay collection entitled Permanent Red, Into Their Labors, and a book and television series entitled Ways of Seeing. In the 1970s, he collaborated with the director Alain Tanner on three films. He wrote or co-wrote La Salamandre, The Middle of the World, and Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000. He died on January 1, 2017 at the age of 90. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by John Berger

Ways of Seeing (1972) 5,042 copies
G. (1972) 900 copies
About Looking (1980) 884 copies
To the Wedding (1995) 539 copies
Pig Earth (1979) 422 copies
Another Way of Telling (1982) 316 copies
Once in Europa (1987) 315 copies
The Shape of a Pocket (2001) 311 copies
The Sense of Sight (1986) 258 copies
Photocopies (1996) 193 copies
Lilac and Flag (1990) 192 copies
Bento's Sketchbook (2011) 188 copies
A Painter of Our Time (1958) 187 copies
A Seventh Man (1975) 154 copies
Why Look at Animals? (2009) 151 copies
King: A Street Story (1999) 151 copies
Keeping a Rendezvous (1991) 117 copies
Confabulations (2016) 115 copies
Dürer: Watercolours and Drawings (1993) — Author — 111 copies
The Red Tenda of Bologna (2007) 109 copies
Corker's Freedom (1966) 98 copies
Into Their Labours (1991) 60 copies
The Look of Things (1972) 49 copies
Foot of Clive (1970) 46 copies
Berger on Drawing (2005) 45 copies
Railtracks (2011) — Author — 37 copies
Cataract (2011) 36 copies
Smoke (2016) 24 copies
What Time Is It? (2019) 20 copies
Daumier: Visions of Paris (2013) 20 copies
The White Bird: Writings (1985) 17 copies
About Time (1985) 12 copies
Collected poems (2015) 11 copies
Meanwhile (2008) 9 copies
Jitka Hanzlová: Forest (2005) 9 copies
Ahlam Shibli: Trackers (2007) 8 copies
O Ana Adanmis (1998) 8 copies
Hosbes (2016) 7 copies
Isabelle (1998) 5 copies
A Question of Geography (1987) 5 copies
From I to J (2009) 5 copies
Toisinkertoja (1987) 4 copies
La mia Russia 4 copies
Lapwing and Fox (2016) 4 copies
Rondó para Beverly (2015) 4 copies
Sulla motocicletta (2019) 4 copies
Sobre los artistas Vol. 1 (2017) 3 copies
Arturo Di Stefano (2001) 3 copies
Siirin Saati (1998) 2 copies
Кофе с перцем (2024) 2 copies
The Underground Sea (2024) 2 copies
Un homme sur la plage (2015) 2 copies
Kaip menas moko matyti (2019) 2 copies
La Libertad De Corker (2014) 2 copies
Poemes escollits (2019) 2 copies
Entretanto 2 copies
Albrecht Dürer (1996) 2 copies
Esa belleza (2005) 2 copies
Sobre los artistas (2017) 2 copies
Contro i nuovi tiranni (2013) 2 copies
Wegzeichnung: Gedichte (2001) 2 copies
Ein Geschenk für Rosa (2018) 2 copies
Bindu-Art-School: From: Pain to Paint (2006) — Herausgeber — 1 copy
LA LIBERTE DE CORKER (2012) 1 copy
Le Blaireau et le roi (2010) 1 copy
Tu turno (2022) 1 copy
Poesía 1955-2008 (2014) 1 copy
Flamme et lilas (1996) 1 copy

Associated Works

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land (1939) — Translator, some editions — 546 copies
The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2001) — Preface, some editions — 345 copies
The official Fahrenheit 9/11 reader (2004) — Foreword — 330 copies
Soul: And Other Stories (2008) — Afterword, some editions — 299 copies
The Best American Essays 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 233 copies
Granta 25: The Murderee (1988) — Contributor — 162 copies
Granta 21: The Story-Teller (1987) — Contributor — 158 copies
Granta 35: An Unbearable Peace (1991) — Contributor — 139 copies
I Could Read the Sky (1997) — Preface, some editions — 107 copies
Jean Renoir (1973) — Contributor — 97 copies
Granta 15: The Fall of Saigon (1985) — Contributor — 97 copies
Between The Eyes: Essays On Photography And Politics (2004) — Introduction, some editions — 91 copies
Granta 18: The Snap Revolution (1986) — Contributor — 90 copies
Granta 147: 40th Birthday Special (2019) — Contributor — 58 copies
Granta 13: After the Revolution (1984) — Contributor — 54 copies
The Erotic Impulse: Honoring the Sensual Self (1992) — Contributor — 54 copies
The Case for Sanctions Against Israel (2012) — Contributor — 52 copies
Granta 9: John Berger, Boris (1983) — Contributor — 43 copies
War With No End (2007) — Contributor — 38 copies
Gli Alinari fotografi a Firenze, 1852-1920 (1977) — Introduction — 27 copies
The Best Spiritual Writing 2012 (2011) — Contributor — 27 copies
New Writing 13 (2005) — Contributor — 17 copies
Silence, Please!: Stories After the Works of Juan Munoz (1996) — Contributor — 7 copies
Verso 2015 Mixtape — Contributor — 2 copies
Drawing texts — Contributor — 1 copy

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They say Berger is a writer of dazzling eloquence and arresting insight. For me the book was just a lot of words that signified nothing. I read more than half and realized I was getting nothing out of it, so I finally gave up.
 
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dvoratreis | 5 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |
It's a slim book, photos make up a lot of it, and even so I didn't finish it. I liked the vignettes with his patients, but when Berger started in on philosophy and psychology, I kept waiting for it to get back to the villagers, and it never did. Another book that is probably wonderful but not for me.
 
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dvoratreis | 10 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |
Pig Earth, the first of three volumes about the movement from rural to urban life, includes poems and short stories about rural life. Berger adds a historical afterword and interprets these stories as parables. Although the book falls into the novel category, I would consider it more appropriately described as existing in the space between memory and arrangement, or between memoir and imagination. In addition to writing about his personal experiences, Berger also acts as a watcher, an eavesdropper, and a covert sharer in the stories. Berger lives in the isolated Jura.
Berger tackles subjects like the lives of hard labor, the proximity of death, and the bond between farm animals and their owners in her kind and exquisite writing. The book is worth studying as people try to understand a world in transition
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jwhenderson | 9 other reviews | May 21, 2024 |
Still marvelously important, and surprisingly - but rightly - angry. A joy.
 
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