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The Shape of a Pocket

Authors: Berger, John
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: LCO010000, ART009000, LIT006000
ISBN: 9780307490841, Related ISBNs: 030749084X, 0375421475, 0375718885, 9780307490841, 9780375421471
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 276,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: From Booker Prize-winning author John Berger, a collection of essays that explores the relationship of art and artists and includes examinations of the work of Brancusi, Degas, Michelangelo, and Frida Kahlo, among others. 

The pocket in question is a small pocket of resistance. A pocket is formed when two or more people come together in agreement. The resistance is against the inhumanity of the New World Economic Order. The people coming together are the reader, me, and those the essays are about–Rembrandt, Paleolithic cave painters, a Romanian peasant, ancient Egyptians, an expert in the loneliness of a certain hotel bedroom, dogs at dusk, a man in a radio station. And unexpectedly, our exchanges strengthen each of us in our conviction that what is happening in the world today is wrong, and that what is often said about it is a lie. I’ve never written a book with a greater sense of urgency.
–John Berger
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