Keeping a Rendezvous by John Berger

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When he stands before Giorgione's La Tempesta, John Berger sees not only the painting but our whole notion of time, sweeping us away from a lost Eden. A photograph of a gravely joyful crowd gathered on a Prague street in November 1989 provokes reflection on the meaning of democracy and the reunion of a people with long-banished hopes and dreams.

With the luminous essays in Keeping a Rendezvous, we are given to see the world as Berger sees it -- to explore themes suggested by the work of Jackson Pollock or J. M. W. Turner, to contemplate the wonder of Paris. Rendezvous are manifold: between critic and art, artist and subject, subject and the unknown. But most significant are the rendezvous between author and reader, as we discover our perceptions informed by John Berger's eloquence and courageous moral imagination.


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About John Berger

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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 July 13, 2011 by Vintage. 256 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Berger (The Sense of Sight, 1985, etc.) as art critic is a maddening case.

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While each of Berger's essays originates from a single image or idea, the resulting train of thought is held to no predictable itinerary.

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Masterful essays by British critic Berger on art and other topics, linking the moral to the aesthetic and the personal to the political.

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