Leading radical writer on art, John Berger, celebrates his ninetieth birthday this week. We're proud to have published many of his books, including the just-published Landscapes: John Berger on Art
,a companion volume to Portraits: John Berger on Artists
, both edited by Tom Overton. We have 40% off all the books on our John Berger bookshelf until Sunday 6th November to celebrate!
In 'Antiquarian and Revolutionary: Walter Benjamin,' excerpted from Landscapes, Berger presents his singular engagement with one of his greatest enduring influences, the eclectic German critic and thinker Walter Benjamin. Widely considered to be the popularizer of the Benjamin's theories, Berger's seminal TV series Ways of Seeing made clear its relationship to Benjamin's influential 1935 essay 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction'.
In 1972, John Berger won the Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel G. He shared half of the proceeds with the Black Panthers, "the black movement with the socialist and revolutionary perspective that I find myself most in agreement with in this country". The other half funded A Seventh Man, his study of migrant workers in Europe.Making a direct link between Booker McConnell's involvement in colonial exploitation of the Caribbean and the modern poverty of the region, Berger declared his intention, "as a revolutionary writer, to share this prize with people in and from the Caribbean, people who are involved in a struggle to resist such exploitation and, eventually, to expropriate companies like Booker."On Berger's 90th birthday, we present the text of his acceptance speech for the prize at the Café Royal in London on 23rd November 1972.
All our books by John Berger are 40% off until Sunday November 6th
to celebrate his 90th birthday.