John Berger¬†(5 November 1926 ‚Äď 2 January 2017, was an English art critic, novelist, painter and poet. His essay on art criticism, Ways of Seeing (1972), was written as an accompaniment to a BBC¬†series intended as a response to the broadcast of ‘Civilisation’ by Kenneth Clark. It has been highly influential, and often prescribed on University reading lists.


Confabulations is a late miscellany of essays and drawing by Berger. In it he writes that ‘Language is a body, a living creature … and this creature’s home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate’. The author’s concern is about language itself, and how it relates to thought, art, song, storytelling and political discourse today. The book is full of drawings, notes, memories and reflections on everything from Albert Camus to global capitalism. This thought provoking book about human creativity is¬†a must read for all Berger fans.


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160 pages in Penguin

First published 2016

ISBN  978-0141984957


John Berger

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