John Berger

  • G.

    John Berger

    Fils bâtard d'une aristocrate anglaise et d'un négociant italien, G., le protagoniste de ce roman, est tôt séparé de ses parents. C'est en orphelin qu'il se construit. Plusieurs expériences vont développer en lui une passion pour le corps singulier des femmes, et celui, collectif, des masses en lutte dans l'histoire. Rien en lui d'un séducteur, pourtant ; G. est plutôt laid, et s'il fascine, c'est par la force dérangeante de son regard.
    Épique, G. est traversé par le grondement des révoltes, le souffle des guerres, mais aussi le sillage des premiers héros de l'aviation.
    Intimiste, il reconstruit le monde perdu de l'enfance, explore celui du désir et du sentiment amoureux.
    Matérialiste, il doit beaucoup à Marx, mais surtout à Diderot – le Diderot du Neveu de Rameau – et aux écrivains érotiques du XVIIIe, dont il retourne le propos : avec G., Don Juan ne vient plus asservir les femmes à son désir, mais les libérer.

  • " Cela fait à peu près quatre-vingts ans que j'écris. Au début, j'ai écrit des lettres, puis des poèmes et des discours. Plus tard, des récits, des Articles, des livres. A présent, j'écris des notes. L'écriture a toujours été pour moi une activité vitale ; elle m'aide à donner un sens aux choses, et à poursuivre ma route. Pourtant, elle dérive d'une réalité plus profonde et plus générale – notre relation avec le langage en tant que tel. Le sujet de ces quelques notes est le langage. "
    Dans Palabres, John Berger réfléchit sur le langage et ses liens avec la pensée, l'art, la chanson, la narration et le discours politique de nos jours. Composé de dessins, de notes, de souvenirs et de digressions, c'est un ouvrage qui nous parle aussi bien d'Albert Camus que la mondialisation, du statut d'orphelin, de Charlie Chaplin, de Rosa Luxemburg et du flamenco.
    C'est le livre-testament d'un esprit qui voulait penser ce qu'il y a de " plus vrai, de plus urgent et de plus essentiel ".

  • De A à X

    John Berger

    Traduit de l'anglais par Katya Berger Andreadakis
    Xavier est incarcéré dans la cellule n° 73 de la prison de Suse, où il purge une peine de détention à vie pour terrorisme. Aida est l'amante de Xavier. Elle est libre. Elle lui écrit. De A à X est l'ensemble de ces lettres, "miraculeusement " retrouvées par John Berger. Un roman par lettres, donc. Quel genre de roman ? L'amour y est présent à chaque phrase, mais on ne peut dire qu'il en soit le sujet. On pense à un manuel de résistance ou à un traité de guérilla urbaine. Ou à un recueil d'exercices spirituels.
    Avec ce livre, John Berger donne la réplique à son époque. Il le fait à sa manière : précise et elliptique. Précise, parce qu'écrire est un travail qui s'apparente à la soudure, à la réparation d'objets cassés ou au fait de recoudre une plaie par balle. Elliptique, parce que comprenne qui voudra.
    Dès lors, peu importe que cette histoire se déroule à Mexico, à Ramallah, à Kaboul ou ailleurs. Partout où des hommes, des femmes – et même des enfants – résistent à l'oppression, la voix fraternelle de John Berger les accompagne, comme une chanson de marche pour traverser la nuit.

  • À la mort de Baruch " Bento " Spinoza, en 1677, sont exhumés des manuscrits, des lettres, des notes. Aucun dessin. Pourtant, des témoignages attestent que Spinoza ne sortait jamais sans son carnet de croquis. " Pendant des années, j'ai imaginé qu'un tel carnet soit découvert. Sans trop savoir ce que je pouvais espérer y trouver. Des dessins sur quoi ? Esquisser de quelle manière ? " dit John Berger au début du Bento's Sketchbook (TP). Reconstituant une version rêvée de cet objet perdu, l'auteur de G entame un dialogue avec l'œuvre de Spinoza. Dialogue philosophique bien sûr – les croquis de Berger répondant à L'Éthique –, mais aussi dialogue esthétique et politique. Dessiner, écrire, c'est poser son regard sur le monde, obéir à une impulsion primitive que le geste métamorphose en art. C'est aussi choisir parmi les propositions infinies de la réalité : retrancher, ajouter ; pour transformer. Ce Carnet de Bento, livre d'art et manifeste poétique, illustre l'humanisme de Berger, l'engagement total que constitue une œuvre en forme de combat.

  • « La prison : c'est l'image-repère que j'ai trouvée pour décrire la période historique que nous traversons. Rien de moins : à travers la planète, nous vivons incarcérés. » L'auteur lance une diatribe contre les méfaits du capitalisme financier ; « l'équation du Goulag : «criminel = forçat», a été reformulée par le néolibéralisme pour devenir «travailleur = criminel caché» » ; le bavardage des geôliers qui n'ont qu'un but « nous persuader que la terre est un endroit dangereux » ; « l'homme est présenté comme un lâche, seuls les gagnants sont braves » ; contre les gouvernements « dociles, qu'ils soient de droite ou de gauche, en rabatteurs de troupeaux ». Mais. John Berger a quelques lignes de repères à suggérer pour vivre et agir dans ce présent.  Écoutons ce co-détenu.

  • Traduit ici pour la première fois en français, le troisième roman de John Berger est le récit d'une journée cruciale dont le cours va changer la vie des protagonistes : celle de William Tracey Corker, 63 ans, directeur d'une agence de placement du sud de

  • As a novelist, art critic, and cultural historian, John Berger is a writer of dazzling eloquence and arresting insight whose work amounts to a subtle, powerful critique of the canons of our civilization. In About Looking he 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 twentieth 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 and other questions, Berger quietly -- but fundamentally -- alters the vision of anyone who reads his work.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • In this quietly revolutionary work of social observation and medical philosophy, Booker Prizewinning writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr train their gaze on an English country doctor and find a universal manone who has taken it upon himself to recognize his patient's humanity when illness and the fear of death have made them unrecognizable to themselves. In the impoverished rural community in which he works, John Sassall tend the maimed, the dying, and the lonely. He is not only the dispenser of cures but the repository of memories. And as Berger and Mohr follow Sassall about his rounds, they produce a book whose careful detail broadens into a meditation on the value we assign a human life. First published thirty years ago, A Fortunate Man remains moving and deeply relevantno other book has offered such a close and passionate investigation of the roles doctors play in their society."In contemporary letters John Berger seems to me peerless; not since Lawrence has there been a writer who offers such attentiveness to the sensual world with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience."Susan SontagFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

  • "There are no photographs which can be denied. All photographs have the status of fact. What is to be examined is in what way photography can and cannot give meaning to facts." With these words, two of our most thoughtful and eloquent interrogators of the visual offer a singular meditation on the ambiguities of what is seemingly our straightforward art form.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;yes'>#160;As constructed by John Berger and the renowned Swiss photographer Jean Mohr, that theory includes images as well as words; not only analysis, but anecdote and memoir. Another Way of Telling explores the tension between the photographer and the photographed, between the picture and its viewers, between the filmed moment and the memories that it so resembles. Combiningyes'>#160;the moral vision of the critic and the pratical engagement of the photgrapher, Berger and Mohr have produced a work that expands the frontiers of criticism first charged by Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag.yes'>#160;

  • A blind Greek peddler tells the story of the wedding between a fellow peddler and his bride in a remarkable series of vivid and telling vignettes. As the book cinematically moves from one character's perspective to another, events and characters move toward the convergence of the wedding--and a haunting dance of love and death.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • With this provocative and infinitely moving collection of essays, a preeminent critic of our time responds to the profound questions posed by the visual world. For when John Berger writes about Cubism, he writes not only of Braque, Léger, Picasso, and Gris, but of that incredible moment early in this century when the world converged around a marvelouis sense of promise. When he looks at the Modigiliani, he sees a man's infinite love revealedyes'>#160;in the elongated lines of the painted figure.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Ranging from the Renaissance to the conflagration of Hiroshima; from the Bosphorus to Manhattan; from the woodcarvers of a French village to Goya, Dyes'>uuml;rer, and Van Gogh; and from private experiences of love and of loss to the major political upheavals of our time, The Sense of Sight encourages us to see with the same breadth, courage, and moral engagement that its author does.yes'>#160;

  • With this haunting first volume of his Into Their Labours trilogy, John Berger begins his chronicle of the eclipse of peasant cultures in the twentieth century. Set in a small village in the French Alps, Pig Earth relates the stories of skeptical, hard-working men and fiercely independent women; of calves born and pigs slaughtered; of summer haymaking and long dark winters f rest; of a message of forgiveness from a dead father to his prodigal son; and of the marvelous Lucie Cabrol, exiled to a hut high in the mountains, but an inexorable part of the lives of men who have known her. Above all, this masterpiece of sensuous description and profound moral resonance is an act of reckoning that conveys the precise wealth and weight of a world we are losing.

  • Quatrième de couverture Qui est G. ? Un personnage de fiction. Il est la réincarnation moderne de Don Juan. Né en 1889, fils illégitime d'une aristocrate anglaise et d'un négociant italien, il meurt à Trieste, le jour où l'Italie déclare la guerre à l'empire austro-hongrois, en mai 1915.
    Pourquoi « G » ? Parce que la lettre « G » renvoie à deux personnages mythiques Don Giovanni, Garibaldi. L'érotique et le politique.
    Qu'est-ce que G. ? G. est un des grands romans européens de la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle. Épique, il est traversé par le grondement des masses en révolte, le souffle des guerres, mais aussi le sillage des premiers héros de l'aviation. Intimiste, il reconstruit le monde perdu de l'enfance, explore celui du désir et du sentiment amoureux. Expérimental, il pousse le langage jusqu'à ses limites. Matérialiste, il doit beaucoup à Marx, mais surtout à Diderot - le Diderot du Neveu de Rameau - et aux écrivains érotiques du XVIIIe, dont il retourne le propos : avec G., Don Juan ne vient plus asservir les femmes à son désir, mais les libérer.

  • A luminous collection of interwoven stories,yes'>#160;Once in Europa is a portrait of two worldsyes'>minus;a small Alpine village bound to the earth and by tradition, and the restless, futuredriven culture that will invade ityes'>minus;at their moment of collision. The instrument of entrapment is love: the passion of a willful shepard for a shrewd bourgeois housewife; of a vital young woman for a dashing Russian who has come to work in the local factory; of a steadfast son for his aged mother. Lives are lost and hearts are broken, and, always, love is a transcending form of grace. In Once in Europa, it speaks as plainly and as movingly as a remembered language, creating a work of astonishing tenderness.

  • This visionary first novel by the Booker Prizewinning author of To the Wedding and G. is at once a gripping intellectual and moral detective story and a book whose aesthetic insights make it a companion piece to John Berger's great works of art criticism.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Berger presents a collection of moments, each supremely vivid, that together make up a frieze of human history at the end of the millennium as well as a subtle and affecting selfportrait of their author. Using careful, intensely visual prose snapping frozen vignettes of life, these twentynine "photocopies" teach us about lying and selfinvention, dignity and tenderness, charity and courage. Overflowing with the sights, sounds, and smells of life, Photocopies is a masterpiece from one of the most important chroniclers of our time.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever.

    "Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak." "But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but word can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled." John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures." By now he has.

  • The author continues his exploration of the relationship between experience and expression, tracing the stories behind works of visual art including the mythological sketchbooks of philosopher Baruch Spinoza to counsel readers on alternate ways of seeingthe world.

  • One of the most widely admired writers of our time returns us to the captivating play and narrative allure of his previous novels-G. and To the Wedding among them-with a shimmering fiction drawn from chapters of his own life.One hot afternoon in Lisbon, the narrator finds his long-dead mother seated on a park bench. "The dead don't stay where they are buried," she tells him. And so begins a remarkable odyssey, told in simple yet gorgeous prose, that carries us from the London Blitz in 1943, to a Polish market, to a Paleolithic cave, to the Ritz Hotel in Madrid. Here Is Where We Meet is a unique literary journey that moves freely through time and space but never loses its foothold in the sensuous present.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • 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.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

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