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Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance [Paperback]

John Berger
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24 Jun 2008
"Hold Everything Dear" is John Berger's vital response to today's global economic and military tyranny. From Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and 7/7, to resistance in Ramallah and traumatic dislocation in the Middle East, it is a profound meditation on what political resistance means today, by one of the most compelling radical voices of our age. Storyteller, essayist, novelist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include "Ways of Seeing", the fiction trilogy "Into Their Labours" and, most recently, "Here Is Where We Meet".

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (24 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844672549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844672547
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,830 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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"powerful polemicist and precise poet." The Times "Any book by John Berger is an event... admirers will recognize the characteristic blend of sympathy and lucidity, directness of address, human warmth, and cosmopolitan example." Times Literary Supplement "Berger is never less than eloquent... a heartfelt advocate of those without hope." Metro"

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Storyteller, essayist, novelist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours and, most recently, Here Is Where We Meet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you John Berger 28 Jan 2009
Thank you John Berger for ALL your books. Especial thanks for 'Hold Everything Dear'- Dispatches on Survival and Resistance. This book opens with a 12.05 essay: "Everywhere one goes in Palestine - even in rural areas - one finds oneself amongst rubble, picking a way through round and over it." After recently watching Gaza's destruction by war criminals 18/24 on al jazeera, this is sadly even more true today. Some essays end with "The stance of undefeated despair works like this." The 'undefeated despair' is a theme of Berger's book, illustrated with many beautiful poems. Berger stretches my soul, leads me to other authors. Berger writes from a mountain of courage, wisdom and great compassion. He much deserves the Nobel Literature Prize.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the two sides of a table 21 Aug 2011
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John Berger writes about the expression of a Palestinian woman: "When it came to saying good-bye, the Aunt held my hand, and in her eyes, there was this same special expression of attention to the moment. If two people are laying a tablecloth on a table, they glance at one another to check the placing of the cloth. Imagine the table is the world and the cloth is the lives of those we have to save. Such was the expression". I think I know very well this expression. With Anastasia (my wife), numberless times we have stood face to face laying the cloth on a table for four. And living in a country recently struck by poverty (Greece), I think I know very well the meaning, too, of this expression. And what is a man who, to describe an expression, can think of the image of two people standing face to face to lay a tablecloth? A poet of course. But, also, a great man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace Berger Too 23 Nov 2007
By R. J MOSS - Published on Amazon.com
One of the wisest voices of our time, John Berger, has pieced together 17 thoughts or, 'dispatches'(with its military connotations) about the post 9/11 environment which we now, all share. For most of his long life, Berger has sided with the powerless and dispossessed, even taking the step of quitting a high profile career in London, where he seemed to be at the cutting edge of art criticism with his ground-breaking,'Ways of Seeing' made for BBC T.V and never out of print in book form.He relocated in a peasant village in rural France, to immerse himself in what would form the subject of some of his most compelling writing.There has been no diminishing of power in his thought or eloquence as he gains his senior years. The Palestine issue, in particular, gets coverage. And he returne to the pitiless paintings of Francis Bacon for what I suspect will be his final published view of him. And there is a re-contexturalising of the great Piero Pasolini; Berger having just watched his 'La Rabbia'(how and where can I ever get to see this?). I guess, I wish the collection had more in it. But what is there is potent, direct and as usual, poetic. Which leads me to its title; not one of John's pieces, but the publication in its opening pages of a very beautiful poem by one, Gareth Evans. Have a squizz! For more on art visit>rodmoss.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but enigmatic 10 Oct 2007
By Georgia - Published on Amazon.com
I love reading John Berger. He is an original thinker.
I don't always agree with his point of view but I love to read it.
This book was very moving at times but also very enigmatic. I think
that Mr. Berger is such a sensitive man that art criticism offers a safer space,
than political discourse,to provide a more succinct point of view.
I felt when reading his book the human tragedy that is going on
now in the middle east is so hard to believe even when one is a witness to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best writers of his generation 5 Dec 2010
By Rudy Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
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A must read! Each essay is packed with such eloquence and depth that it is hard not to reread them several times, as one would do with poetry, just to make sure the full intent of the author is grasped.

This is a must for lovers of contemporary literature, devotees of current events and modern political thought.

A beautiful piece of literature.
5.0 out of 5 stars a sad and deep look at conflicts and human feelings 13 Aug 2010
By Akira Touya - Published on Amazon.com
this book provides the reader with another perspective of the conflicts between israel and palestine, and between usa and its enemy of the decade. the emotions of civilians are explored, as is the saddness felt by onlookers. this book is useful for anyone wishing to see anew the conflicts tearing the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars frenchman 27 Feb 2010
By MR. Bane - Published on Amazon.com
i guess there should always be a perspective from the french countryside to balance out fox.
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