And, Berger’s work suggests, they aren’t forms of forgetfulness but of presentness, memory, recovery, because they place you in relation to, in community with, the dead.
Amarjit Chandan has published five collections of poetry, two books of essays, and has co-edited The Long White Thread of Words, a forthcoming collection of work from contemporary poets responding to John Berger, published by Smokestack.
Berger is less making a verifiable argument (although I’m convinced) than he is asking us to participate in a thought experiment, to “imagine” the links between a painter many consider the father of abstraction and his own father’s concrete profession.
John Berger is the author of 29 books, some of them novels, some of them essays, but the majority of them a fascinating mixture of both. Included among these are Into Their Labors, A Seventh Man, G., The Success and Failure of Picasso, Ways of Seeing, And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos, From A to X, and most recently the critically acclaimed fictional memoir Here Is Where We Meet. Berger has also written a number of screenplays, the most notable of which is Jonah who will be 25 in the year 2000, which was directed by the Swiss filmmaker Alain Tanner. Berger’s work has won the Man Booker Prize and a Lannan Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement, among many other honors. He lives in France.
The writing career of Booker Prize winner John Berger-poet, storyteller, playwright, and essayist-has yielded some of the most original and compelling examinations of art and life of the past half century.
The writing career of John Berger-poet, storyteller, playwright, and essayist-has yielded some of the most original and compelling examinations of art and life of the past half century.