Hold everything dear : dispatches on survival and resistance / John Berger.

by Berger, JohnLooking glass.

Publisher: London : Verso, 2007.Description: vi, 142 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781844671380; 1844671380.Subject(s): Security, InternationalLooking glass | War -- CausesLooking glass | EqualityLooking glass | Power (Social sciences)Looking glass | International economic relationsLooking glass | War on Terrorism, 2001-2009Looking glass | Government, Resistance to -- Philosophy | Direct action -- Case studiesNote: Includes bibliographical references.
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The post-9/11 world is one steeped in and driven by despair. Terrorists are created by an environment of economic and moral poverty, which in turn creates a desperate alienation that results in a cycle of injustice. Terrorists' violent acts feed the despair that fuels their own desperation. Noted art critic and Booker Prize winner Berger (G.) presents an essay collection focused on the underlying causes of the unrest that has violently manifested itself in the form of worldwide terror. In poetic and highly literate prose, he points the finger at hypocritical policies emerging from Israel and the United States that have produced a generation of willing fighters and, too often, martyrs. He also indicates the ethical bankruptcy produced by the world's domination by corporate capitalism. Interspersed are beautifully written reflections on the lives of friends and fellow social commentators as well as personal portraits of life in the Middle East, particularly Palestine. Throughout, Berger rails against the usurpation of meaningful language as a symptom of humanity's disconnection from what should be held dear. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/07.]-Shedrick Pittman-Hassett, Phil Johnson Historic Archives & Research Lib., Dallas (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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John Peter Berger was born in London, England on November 5, 1926. After serving in the British Army from 1944 to 1946, he enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art. He began his career as a painter and exhibited work at a number of London galleries in the late 1940s. He then worked as an art critic for The New Statesman for a decade.

He wrote fiction and nonfiction including several volumes of art criticism. His novels include A Painter of Our Time, From A to X, and G., which won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Booker Prize in 1972. His other works include an essay collection entitled Permanent Red, Into Their Labors, and a book and television series entitled Ways of Seeing.

In the 1970s, he collaborated with the director Alain Tanner on three films. He wrote or co-wrote La Salamandre, The Middle of the World, and Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000. He died on January 1, 2017 at the age of 90.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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