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$16.95 US
5.19"W x 7.95"H x 0.59"D  
On sale Jan 08, 1992 | 224 Pages | 978-0-679-73655-4
| Grades 9-12 + AP/IB
Berger explores our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see. How do the animals we look at in zoos remind us of a relationship between man and beast, all but lost in the 20th century? What is it about looking at war photographs that doubles their already potent violence? How do the nudes of Rodin betray the threats to his authority and potency posed by clay and flesh? And how does solitude inform the art of Giacometti? In asking these questions and others, Berger alters the vision of anyone who reads his work.
© Jean Mohr
John Berger was born in London in 1926. He is well known for his novels and stories as well as for his works of nonfiction, including several volumes of art criticism. His first novel, A Painter of Our Time, was published in 1958, and since then his books have included Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours, and the novel G., which won the Booker Prize in 1972. In 1962 he left Britain permanently and moved to a small village in the French Alps.  He died in 2017.  View titles by John Berger
There is great stillness in Berger's prose. But after a few pages, his statements start to sing and go on singing." -- New Republic

"Instant readability ... [Berger] makes one see [paintings] as statements or questions in a living language." -- New Statesman

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Berger explores our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see. How do the animals we look at in zoos remind us of a relationship between man and beast, all but lost in the 20th century? What is it about looking at war photographs that doubles their already potent violence? How do the nudes of Rodin betray the threats to his authority and potency posed by clay and flesh? And how does solitude inform the art of Giacometti? In asking these questions and others, Berger alters the vision of anyone who reads his work.

Author

© Jean Mohr
John Berger was born in London in 1926. He is well known for his novels and stories as well as for his works of nonfiction, including several volumes of art criticism. His first novel, A Painter of Our Time, was published in 1958, and since then his books have included Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours, and the novel G., which won the Booker Prize in 1972. In 1962 he left Britain permanently and moved to a small village in the French Alps.  He died in 2017.  View titles by John Berger

Praise

There is great stillness in Berger's prose. But after a few pages, his statements start to sing and go on singing." -- New Republic

"Instant readability ... [Berger] makes one see [paintings] as statements or questions in a living language." -- New Statesman

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