John Berger – 1926-2017 January 3, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Sorry to hear this. Berger had become a fixture, seemingly permanent. But I can still remember reading Ways of Seeing in the early 1980s and the impact that had on my understanding of the world around me. Ostensibly about art, I’d tentatively think it was as important as any political work I read then – but, of course, it was an highly political work in itself dealing with class and gender and race. No surprise that:
Berger was a lifelong Marxist, a vehement critic of capitalism. He began his career as a painter before turning to writing, becoming an art critic for the New Statesman. He published his first novel, A Painter of our Time, in 1958.
I’ve never read his fiction, but I’ve a number of his other works on art and other matters.