Hold Everything Dear by John Berger
Dispatches on Survival and Resistance

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From one of the most impassioned of writers of our time, this powerful collection of essays offers a stark portrait of post-9/11 realities. John Berger occupies a unique position in the international cultural landscape: artist, filmmaker, poet, philosopher, novelist, and essayist, he is also a deeply thoughtful political activist. In Hold Everything Dear, his artistry and activism meld in an attempt to make sense of the current state of our world. Berger analyzes the nature of terrorism and the profound despair that gives rise to it. He writes about the homelessness of millions who have been forced by poverty and war to live as refugees. He discusses Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Serbia, Bosnia, China, Indonesia-anyplace where people are deprived of the most basic of freedoms. Berger powerfully acknowledges the depth of suffering around the world and suggests actions that might finally help bring it to an end.

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Storyteller, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours, Here Is Where We Meet, the Booker Prize-winning novel G, Hold Everything Dear, the Man Booker longlisted From A to X, and A Seventh Man.
Published March 10, 2009 by Vintage. 162 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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(To blow us up.) But then, grammar be damned, “if a kamikaze martyr could see with their own eyes, before he or she died, the immediate consequences of their explosion, they might well reconsider the appropriateness of their steadfast decision.” Concluding, in good Marxist manner, that the pursui...

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John Berger has been writing art criticism and fiction with a very social sense of outrage for nearly five decades.

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Brand names and logos become the place names of the Nowhere.’ There is a connection between the expropriation of another country’s resources, according to terms sanctioned by the World Bank (with or without Wolfowitz) and the killing of a child in the inner city for a pair of trainers.

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