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Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance

A powerful meditation on political resistance from one of the most original and influential thinkers of our times
From the War on Terror to resistance in Ramallah and traumatic dislocation in the Middle East, Berger explores the uses of art as an instrument of political resistance. Visceral and passionate, Hold Everything Dear is a profound meditation on the far extremes of human behaviour, and the underlying despair. Looking at Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq, he makes an impassioned attack on the poverty and loss of freedom at the heart of such unnecessary suffering. These essays offer reflections on the political at the core of artistic expression and even at the center of human existence itself.

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  • “One of the most influential intellectuals of our time.”
  • “I admire and love John Berger’s books … He is a wonderful artist and thinker.”
  • “John Berger teaches us how to think, how to feel, how to stare at things till we see what we thought wasn’t there. But above all he teaches us how to love in the face of adversity. He is a master.”
  • “Berger’s is a humane and uniquely confiding voice.”
  • “Any book by John Berger is an event … admirers will recognise the characteristic blend of sympathy and lucidity, directness of address, human warmth, and cosmopolitan example.”

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