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And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos Paperback – Jan 8 1992
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"There is a great stillness in Berger's prose. But after a few pages, his statements start to sing and go on singing." -- New Republic
"[Berger] handles thoughts the way an artist handles paint. His mind is spattered with colour ... his writing has a physical reality." -- Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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John Berger is one of the most important essayists on art and politics of the last 50 years. Innovative in form and far-reaching in historical and political insight, his books include the Booker Prize-winning novel G and studies of art and photography such as Another Way of Telling and Ways of Seeing. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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In the second part space, I found the poetry more to my liking but the prose studded with assertions I was uncomfortable granting. For example: "All origins are unattainable -- just as, on a personal scale, it is impossible to imagine a self before conception." Yet I have heard a native Alaskan speak of the memories of herself and her sister before selecting a body into which they would be born. Or consider the practices involved in identifying the reborn Dalai Lama which depend on a small child recognizing favorite objects from their previous life. Yet at times, Berger's writing touches on deep insights - that love and hate are not opposites (both are strong emotions regarding another) or the sense of labor/construction in the paintings of Van Gogh.
In my judgment, this volume is uneven, the thoughts of the author very much reflecting his place and time (his two topics), and the writing well worth the time for those points where it sings/is translucent/...