Keeping a Rendezvous

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When he stands before Giorgione's La Tempesta, Berger sees not only the painting but our whole notion of time, sweeping us away from a lost Eden. 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 Pollack or J.M.W. Turner, to contemplate the wonder of Paris. Rendezvous are manifold here: it can be found between critic and art, artist and subject, subject and the unknown. Most significant are the rendezvous between author and reader, as we discover our perceptions informed by Berger's eloquence and moral imagination.
© 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
"One of the world's most influential art critics... and one of the most original of contemporary thinkers... Berger's ability to see something clearly, with fresh surprise yet profound understanding, makes his writing singularly moving and informative." -- Washington Times

"Berger's mind travels the globe, and its range is astonishing . . . unfailingly interesting."--New York Times Book Review.

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When he stands before Giorgione's La Tempesta, Berger sees not only the painting but our whole notion of time, sweeping us away from a lost Eden. 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 Pollack or J.M.W. Turner, to contemplate the wonder of Paris. Rendezvous are manifold here: it can be found between critic and art, artist and subject, subject and the unknown. Most significant are the rendezvous between author and reader, as we discover our perceptions informed by Berger's eloquence and moral imagination.

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

"One of the world's most influential art critics... and one of the most original of contemporary thinkers... Berger's ability to see something clearly, with fresh surprise yet profound understanding, makes his writing singularly moving and informative." -- Washington Times

"Berger's mind travels the globe, and its range is astonishing . . . unfailingly interesting."--New York Times Book Review.

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