The Shape of a Pocket

The Shape of a Pocket

by John Berger

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Overview

From Booker Prize-winning author John Berger, a collection of essays that explores the relationship of art and artists and includes examinations of the work of Brancusi, Degas, Michelangelo, and Frida Kahlo, among others. 

The pocket in question is a small pocket of resistance. A pocket is formed when two or more people come together in agreement. The resistance is against the inhumanity of the New World Economic Order. The people coming together are the reader, me, and those the essays are about–Rembrandt, Paleolithic cave painters, a Romanian peasant, ancient Egyptians, an expert in the loneliness of a certain hotel bedroom, dogs at dusk, a man in a radio station. And unexpectedly, our exchanges strengthen each of us in our conviction that what is happening in the world today is wrong, and that what is often said about it is a lie. I’ve never written a book with a greater sense of urgency.
–John Berger

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375718885
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/11/2003
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 541,376
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

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 lived in a small village in the French Alps. He died in 2017.

Table of Contents

1. Opening a Gate
2. Steps Towards a Small Theory of the Visible (for Yves)
3. Studio Talk (for Miquel Barceló)
4. The Chauvet Cave
5. Penelope
6. The Fayum Portraits
7. Degas
8. Drawing: Correspondence with Leon Kossoff
9. Vincent
10. Michelangelo
11. Rembrandt and the Body
12. A Cloth Over the Mirror
13. Brancusi
14. The River Po
15. Giorgio Morandi (for Gianni Celati)
16. Pull the Other Leg, It's Got Bells On It
17. Frida Kahlo
18. A Bed (for Christoph Hänsli)
19. A Man with Tousled Hair
20. An Apple Orchard (An Open Letter to Raymond Barre, Mayor of Lyon)
21. Brushes Standing Up in Jars
22. Against the Great Defeat of the World
23. Correspondence with Subcomandante Marcos:
—I. The Herons
—II. The Herons and Eagles
—III. How to Live with Stones
24. Will It Be a Likeness? (for Juan Munoz)

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Shape of a Pocket 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HarryHaller86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent approach to the process of art creation. The author shows a delicate and sensitive vision of all the forms of artistic expression, making the reader feel an intimate and private bond with the book and the author. It's almost as if reading about the way her understands art one is stepping into the author's feelings. Brilliant, specially the first part
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