Ways of Seeing
About the book
Clarissa, Virginia et Laura : trois femmes, trois journées particulières dont les heures résonnent de subtils et sublimes échos jusqu'à l'incroyable révélation finale. Ce roman magistral, porté par la grâce, est hanté par le génie et les démons de Virginia Woolf. Adapté avec un immense succès au cinéma, il a reçu les prestigieux prix Pulitzer et Pen Faulkner Award. Michael Cunningham a 48 ans et vit à New York. Ce sont ses nouvelles, parues dans "The New Yorker" qui le font remarquer sur la scène éditoriale américaine dès la fin des années 80. Mais c'est son second roman La maison du bout du monde (Presses de la Renaissance 1992, Belfond 99) qui lui apporte la véritable notoriété que confirme son troisième roman.Les heures est une œuvre événement, lauréate du Prix Pulitzer 1999, du Pen Faulkner 1999, a été dans la liste des 10 best-sellers du "New York Times", du "Los Angeles Times", et de "Publishers Weekly".
John Berger Biography
John Peter Berger (; 5 November 1926 – 2 January 2017) was an English art critic, novelist, painter and poet. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to the BBC series of the same name, was influential. He lived in France for over fifty years.
Early lifeBerger was born on 5 November 1926 in Stoke Newington, London, the first of two children of Miriam and Stanley Berger.His grandfather was from Trieste, Italy, and his father, Stanley, raised as a non-religious Jew who adopted Catholicism, had been an infantry officer on the Western Front during the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross and an OBE.Berger was educated at St Edward's School, Oxford. He served in the British Army during the Second World War from 1944 to 1946. He enrolled at the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design in London.
CareerBerger began his career as a painter and exhibited works at a number of London galleries in the late 1940s. His art has been shown at the Wildenstein, Redfern and Leicester Galleries in London.Berger taught drawing at St Mary's teacher training college. He later became an art critic, publishing many essays and reviews in the New Statesman. His Marxist humanism and his strongly stated opinions on modern art combined to make him a controversial figure early in his career. As a statement of political commitment, he titled an early collection of essays Permanent Red.Berger was never a formal member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB): rather he was a close associate of it and its front, the Artists’ International Association (AIA), until the latter disappeared in 1953. He was active in the Geneva Club, a discussion group that appears to have overlapped with British communist circles in the 1950s.
PublishingIn 1958, Berger published his first novel, A Painter of Our Time, which tells the story of the disappearance of Janos Lavin, a fictional exiled Hungarian painter, and his diary's discovery by an art critic friend called John. The work was withdrawn by the publisher under pressure from the Congress for Cultural Freedom a month after its publication. His next novels were The Foot of Clive and Corker's Freedom; both of which presented an urban English life of alienation and melancholy. Berger moved to Quincy in the Haute-Savoie, France, in 1962 due to his distaste for life in Britain.In 1972, the BBC broadcast his four-part television series Ways of Seeing and published its accompanying text, a book of the same name. The first episode functions as an introduction to the study of images; it was derived in part from Walter Benjamin's essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction". The subsequent episodes concern the image of woman as a sexualized object in Western culture, expressions of property ownership and wealth in European oil painting, and modern advertising. The series, the first of ... Read full biography
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Illustrations:||Integrated illustrations throughout|
|Publication date:||March 1, 2009|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||London, United Kingdom|