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Dec 07, 2021 | ISBN 9781839764158

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“Editors’ Choice”
New York Times

“John Berger teaches us how to think, how to feel, how to stare at things till we see what we thought wasn’t there. But above all he teaches us how to love in the face of adversity. He is a master.”
—Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things

“A volume whose breadth and depth bring it close to a definitive self-portrait of one of Britain’s most original thinkers.”
Financial Times

“Unruly attentiveness animates … a lifetime’s engagement with artists like Rembrandt, Goya, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon … Ingenious, jargon-free and direct … Berger is a formidable stylist.”
—Alexi Worth, New York Times

“Perhaps the greatest living writer on art … reminds us just how insufficient most art commentary is these days … an indispensible guide to understanding art from cave painting to today’s experimenters.”
Spectator (Art Books of the Year 2015)

“A near exhaustive selection of the ever astute writer’s ‘responses’ to various artists and works, chronologically organised from early cave paintings through to the Palestinian artist Randa Mdah.”
Independent (Books of the Year 2015)

“Berger’s art criticism transcends its genre to become a very rare thing—literature.”
New Republic

“A rich and loving exploration of art history, at once intellectually acute and deeply personal … vital and uncommonly engaging proof of concept for ideas that Berger has long espoused.”

“John Berger is always illuminating and his latest book doesn’t disappoint.”

“In this extraordinary new book, John Berger embarks on a process of re-discovery and re-figuring of history through the visual narratives given to us by portraiture. Berger’s ability for storytelling is both incisive and intriguing. He is one of the greatest writers of our time.”
—Hans Ulrich Obrist, author of Ways of Curating

“The pages are rife with muscular prose, sinewy intellectualism, and especially the sensual analogy for which he is most known. Portraits is so lively a book it can feel uncanny.”

“Regardless of the era he studies or the decade in which he writes, his lyrical prose always ultimately serves a fervent political concern … Berger’s writing is fearless, winnowing down canonized artists to their essential political bones.”
Brooklyn Rail

“A vast and nourishing compendium … Life has more light and colour after an encounter with Berger.”
The Art Newspaper

“Much of his best critical prose appears in [this] chunky volume.”

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