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And Our Faces My Heart Brief As Photos Hardcover – Apr 1984


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books (April 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394537386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394537382
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,395,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Berger was born in London in 1926. He is well known for his novels & 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, & since then his books have included the novel "G.", which won the Booker Prize in 1972. In 1962 he left Britain permanently, & he now lives in a small village in the French Alps.

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‘Berger is a writer one demands to know more about … He has an intriguing and powerful mind and talent’ -- New York Times

‘Berger is genius invisible. His life’s work is synonymous with the creation of unforgettable living portraits’ -- Scotsman --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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John Berger was born in London in 1926. His many books, innovative in form and far-reaching in their historical and political insight, include the Booker Prize-winning novel G, To the Wedding and King. Amongst his outstanding studies of art and photography are Another Way of Telling, The Success and Failure of Picasso, Titian: Nymph and Shepherd (with Katya Berger) and the internationally acclaimed Ways of Seeing. He lives and works in a small village in the French Alps, the setting for his trilogy Into Their Labours (Pig Earth, Once in Europa and Lilac and Flag). His collection of essays The Shape of a Pocket was published in 2001. His latest fiction, Here Is Where We Meet is published by Bloomsbury in 2005. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2004
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This book was given to me almost twenty years ago, and truly stands the test of time. It is an unusual work, which cannot be categorised easily, as it comprises essays, poetry, reviews and philosophy in one small and perfect volume which has no equal that I know of. There is a raw and very moving account of first love in the description of a parcel being sent, which combines the purity of feeling with the immediate sense of recognition that the moment is transient, but in such a way that it does not diminish the emotion experienced. The elusiveness of being, and attempts to momentarily capture, describe, record or explain it is a recurring thread within this book, and is reflected on in a variety of ways; personal experience, historical polemic, art, poems and stories. The language and semantics are breathtakingly apt and timeless. I am not someone who enthuses about "lifechanging" experiences of any kind, but this book made a profound influence on me 19 years ago, and continues to do so whenever I revisit the texts. The second part, which touches on migration, home, and belonging is as relevant in today's world as it was when written. I believe it strikes a chord because the author manages to convince the reader that the passion which informed the writing was true, and based on a strong sense of genuine care and feeling. I felt privileged to have been given this book, and have continued to buy it for people who have touched my life. Some have understood. And, if nothing else: is this not the most wonderful title ever?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ADAM on 31 Dec. 2008
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I thought it was a very sensitive, poetic book. Berger obviously knows a lot of things and has thought deeply on many subjects, and he can write well enough to convey his passions and tp be intellectual without drifting into "academic speak".

Part love story, part essay, part art lecture, part poetry, it seems to fit in with the work of Milan Kundera (to which i've only read Ignorance) and the films of Dusan Makavejek... in style only though, because Berger's book belongs strictly to himself. Its like someone has stolen a random slice of his mind and spread it over 100 pages. Its just lovely and random and touching.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jen on 9 April 2007
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Like the other two reviewers I agree this is an excellent read that many will probably pass by, but that would be a huge mistake. A reflection on time and space in relation to love pulled together by poetry, philosophy...it's so hard to describe you need to read it! Possibly one of the most beautiful interpretations of love ever, in the chapter with the description of the lilac in the sunlight. It made my heart go a little bit funny and I'm absolutely not a sentimental person. I'm off to peruse his other writings on amazon now - you should be heading to the checkout with this book. An ideal present for avid readers too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mihalis Makropoulos on 21 Aug. 2011
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I'm no Marxist, as I am no Christian, but whenever I find Love (with a capital L) for the Human (the human being, the human condition), no matter what the ideology or the religion of the person showing this Love is, I hold my breath and listen closely. I have found that this Love is always expressed as poetry, and this book is poetry indeed, sincere, profound, down-to-earth and up-in-heavens.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cicoria on 14 Jan. 2012
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A personal and poignant meditation on life, on existence in the contemporary world, on the power of love. Uplifting and hearth warming in all the right ways.
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