Bento's Sketchbook

ISBN-10: 0307379957
ISBN-13: 9780307379955
Edition: 2011
Authors: John Berger
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Book details

List price: $38.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/8/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034

From the author of the modern classics Ways of Seeing and To the Wedding ( ;Wherever I live in the world . . . I have this book with me. ;- Michael Ondaatje), a singularly conceived, beautifully written consideration of how we can refresh the way we perceive our world. Over the last half century, John Berger has created a body of work like no other, distinguished, as Susan Sontag wrote, by its ;attentiveness to the sensual world with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience. ; In Bento's Sketchbook Berger continues his exploration of the relationship between experience and expression, giving us a book of dazzling, inventive, and, ultimately, deeply moving impressions of how stories embedded in visual art provide us with the impetus to see and understand our world in extra-ordinary ways. Using as his jumping-off point the sketchbooks of the great philosopher Baruch Spinoza-books believed to exist but never found-Berger moves between his own quotidian experience of seeing and the imagined experience of Spinoza in a narrative that weaves its own surprising, poignant picture, inviting us to contemplate the mystery of what and how we see.

John Berger was born in London in 1926. Berger was educated at St Edward's School, an independent school for boys in Oxford. Berger served in the British Army from 1944 to 1946; he then enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Art in London. Berger began his career as a painter and exhibited work at a number of London galleries in the late 1940s. Berger became an art critic, publishing many essays and reviews in the New Statesman from 1948 - 1955. He titled an early collection of essays Permanent Red, in part as a statement of political commitment. In 1958 Berger published his first novel, A Painter of Our Time, which tells the story of the disappearance of Janos Lavin, a fictional exiled Hungarian painter, and his diary's discovery by an art critic friend called John. His novel G. won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Booker Prize in 1972. In the 1970s Berger collaborated with the Swiss director Alain Tanner on several films; he wrote or co-wrote La Salamandre (1971), The Middle of the World (1974) and Jonah who will be 25 in the year 2000 (1976). He is well known for his novels & stories as well as for his works of nonfiction, including several volumes of art criticism. His works include Hold Everything Dear, From A to X, Why Look at Animals?, Cataract (with Sel�uk Demirel) and Bento's Sketchbook.

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