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Confabulations

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‘Language is a body, a living creature ... and this creature's home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate.’ John Berger's work has revolutionized the way we understand visual language. In this new book he writes about language itself, and how it relates to thought, art, song, storytelling and political discourse today. Also containing Berger's own drawings, notes, ...more
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published October 6th 2016 by Allen Lane
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notgettingenough
Supposing writers and painters have their different ways of arriving at their understandings, in Berger we have both. One can expect a breadth and depth in his observations of the world, whether picture or text. He wrote this near the end of his long life and yet it is full of the artist's curiosity and thoughtfulness about life. He is is a philosopher, but totally committed to being a politicised one. It is impossible to imagine otherwise with Berger. Politicised and energetic, oh to be as conn ...more
Teresa Proença
"Berger ensina-nos a pensar, a sentir."
— Arundhaty Roy

Esta frase da Senhora Roy pôs-me a pensar...
— no Senhor Kapa Leitor com formação superior em Letras e leitor compulsivo desde a infância. Já leu quase todos os autores clássicos e muitos muitos dos outros. Meio a sério meio a brincar costumo dizer que já leu todos os livros do mundo. Além de em Literatura, tem vastos conhecimentos ao nível da Música, Pintura, História, Política,... enfim, uma enciclopédia com pernas. Possui um Conhecimento a
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Kutşın Sancaklı
Berger'in hayatı damıttığı notlarından bir tane ..

'Chaplin'in 80 yaşlarındayken çekilmiş fotoğrafları var. Bir gün bu fotoğraflara bakarken yüzündeki ifade tanıdık geldi..... Yüzündeki ifade Rembrandt'ın son otoportresindeki ifadeye benziyordu: Gülen Filozof veya Demokritos olarak otoportre.'

Afshin
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Berger is a storyteller even when he writes critiques or paints a painting! He writes to simultaneously deny writing and praise it! To refer us to the pre-verbal state and to create the unachievable state of intimacy wrapped in a simple nod or smile! He is a magician and a true visionary! and this is what makes this book, not an exception among his others, but a sweat small taste of his world! I just love it!
sevdah
Jan 08, 2017 added it
Reading an excellent thinker and writer and knowing that what was his latest book just days ago is now his last book. Surreal feeling. Anyway; a great, great!, selection of essays or pages of a diary, felt like a journey in various parts of his brain.
Meric Aksu
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doksan yıllık yaşamının seksen yılı boyunca önce mektup, sonra şiir ve konuşma, sonra hikaye, makale, kitap yazan Berger'den bir özeleştiri niteliğinde başlayan, kendisini evrendeki hiçbir takımyıdıza ait olmayan ama takımyıldızların hepsinden daha fazla ışık veren yetim bir yıldıza benzeten, "bütün şarkılar yolculuklara dairdir" diyen, ne olursa olsun insan kalmaya bakmayı öğütleyen, her aydınlık güne ve her güzel buluta sevinen Rosa Luxemburg'u, Chaplin'in soytarı olarak dehasını, anlaşılmaz h ...more
Züleyha
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dogmalara değil umuda ihtiyacımızın olduğu bu günlerde okuduğum en iyi şeydi
Judy
Such a small compact little volume that is full of a variety of gems in the form of notes and jottings on life.
I think I sought this title out after reading mention of John Berger in amongst one of the amazing Brain Pickings blog posts from www.brainpickings.org and then saw the title Confabulations in a library new titles update I received. Synchronicity perhaps?
It's a funny word "confabulation" one that I don't recall featuring in my mind until recently. Then I began a journey with a family me
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Angelique
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desde sus comienzos, el libro revela la aptitud de Berger, tan poética como precisa, de cincelar nuestra relación con el lenguaje, una criatura viviente que palpita y siente cada transformacion, codificación obrada por nuestra tinta. Si Levrero decia que antes de ser escrito, el cuento crecía en uno como una especie de monstruo que, llegado el momento, nuestro cuerpo, por no poder soportarlo más, debía expulsar, para Berger esa especie de daimon, de monstruo impreso en una sangre que es nuestra ...more
Jordan McKay
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Berger provides us here with a collection of notes, ranging from a dedication to Rosa Luxemburg to an account of attending a friend's funeral. What is central here is language. Mother Tongues are divisive but also nurturing in his opinion, and while we think of language as solely text and oral based we can attempt to read more universally interpretable texts. Flowers, for example.

Berger also discusses the failure of language in contemporary political times, as words seem to no longer mean what
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Niki
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a unique book. Filled with wisdom and beauty. Makes you feel nostalgic, sad, but also hopeful. Hopeful that beauty can really be found anywhere, in art, in life, in friendship and in the most mundane of daily acts. I especially appreciated JB's drawings that punctuated the narrative and in a way guided it. Going on my to-re-read list.
Leylak Dalı
Kültürel hayatımıza katkısını inkar edemeyeceğimiz John amcamızla bir veda hoşbeşi yaptık, güzeldi...
Lyubina Yordanova
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first John Berger. “Confabulations” (from the Latin fabula, which means conversation, story) is such a small volume full of paintings and notes on language, writing, art, music, dance, stars, friendship, flowers, politics - insightful observations on different types of communication systems.
It is like a box full of a variety of gemstones.
I love his thoughts about Chaplin.
I love the beautiful story about attending a friend's funeral. It was so intimate and moving. It made me cry.
John
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Argos
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yazarın böyle bir kitabı yok aslında. John Berger'in kitaplarını yayınlayan Metis'ten Berger'le tanışıklığı da olan çevirmen- editör hayranlarının yarattığı bir kitap "Hoşbeş". Denemelerinden ve çizimlerinden seçkilerle oluşturulmuş bir toplama, bir sohbet kitabı, adı da bu nedenle " hoşbeş". Berger'in dünyaya sol pencereden baktığını, savaş karşıtlığını, sanatla olan ilgisini ve en başta insancıl kişiliğini kitabı okuyunca anlıyorsunuz. Ancak sanırım John Berger'i kendi kitaplarından okumak dah ...more
Gokhan Gerezlioglu
Gorme Bicimleri ile Yıllar evvel tanıştım John Berger’in bu kitabi, kitabın arka sayfasında dediği gibi dünyaya umutlu gözlerle bakabilmemiz için hoş bir sohbet.
Bazı bölümlerde kendimden bir hikaye bulmakta benim için tesadüfi bir eğlence oldu, Revenna’ya gitmek üzereyken oradan bahsetmesi, ya da ben de biraz John Berger eğilimliyim ve gördüklerimi bağdaştırıyorum kim bilir...
Eulalie
Este libro tiene momentos que considero que son muy lúcidos pero sin embargo como conjunto no me acaba de convencer, a pesar de considerarme fan de Berger y encontrarme cómoda en su imaginario. Lo que me chirría en este tipo de libros que recogen ensayos cortos es la manera en la que consiguen su solidez y cierre ‘redondo’.
Relacionan circunstancias de la vida propia del autor con eventos relevantes de la historia y/o particularidades de determinadas manifestaciones artísticas de una forma autoc
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İzel Kardeş
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hayatım bir edebi tür olsaydı deneme olurdu diye düşünürüm hep bu yüzden de denemeler okumak hoşuma gider. Berger ile bu şekilde tanışmak da hoşuma bitti.
Özlem Kayabaşı
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir solukta okudum. Yazarın hayatından küçük kesitler, eğlenceli ama kesinlikle ders verici. Küçük zevklerin hayatın kendisi olduğu gerçeğini defalarca vurgulamış.
Ayse Bilgen
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Seneler boyunca beni yazmaya iten şey, yazılması gereken bir şeyler olduğunu ve ben anlatmaya çalışmazsam hiç anlatılmadan kalacağını hissetmemdi. Kendimi ağırlığı olan, profesyonel bir yazardan ziyade, boşlukları kapayan biri olarak görüyorum”

Sevgili John Berger;
Ne büyük boşlukları doldurdunuz bir bilseniz. Adım atarken, doğal olarak ayağımın birini kaldırıyorum. Ayağım tam havadayken sizin de bahsettiğiniz boşluklar önüme çıkıyor. Bir ayağım havada, bir ayağım zeminde öylece mıh gibi kala ka
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Adam
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first Berger, really enjoyed this absorbing collection of largely observational pieces, subjects including the personal to the global, overspilling and comparative reflections on art and life. It's reassuring to find yourself amongst these pages to be in the company of an effervescent intelligence that doesn't resort to the usual dog-eared one-upmanship.
Eric Randolph
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just a few jottings from a wonderful brain; if I'm still this sprightly and engaged at 90 and months away from death, I'll consider myself miraculously blessed.
Jesse Anderson
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I've never read anything like Confabulations because, well, there aren't many books written that comprise solely of confabulations. It was quirky and authentic. Berger covered art, music, politics and finding oneself in such a short book. I felt like I was with him in a tiny café tucked away in some strange place, having a conversation over a cup of coffee. It was like meeting Wisdom and taking in all it had to say about the world. Intimate and soulful, this was definitely one of the most comfor ...more
Marcus Hobson
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in London last week and picked up this short paper back from a table at the National Portrait Gallery. I have read a great deal of Berger, and I am always happy to come across another title to add to the long shelf of his works I already own. Why? Unfailingly I find something that enlightens me and enriches my life in some way. It may be a small observation on life, the title of an interesting work of art I have never seen or simply a startlingly obvious point about art or life which I had ...more
Leif
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
These are some of John Berger's last essays. I found that they are predominantly records, or better yet impressions of events, persons, ideas. As such, Berger uses the form to devote his attention to strange connections, and to enrich the passing moment with a depth of personal history and the attention that it always seems only he can give: generous, wise, just, and yet also curiously puck-like in his laughter and his openness to friction.

There is some repetition, of course; it feels like a fe
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Declan Melia
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. It was a gift and while I had heard the name and was intrigued by the cover and title I was a little daunted by the blurbs indication that this is a book exploring language. I needn't have been, Berger's writing is so philosophical that if all of these dozen or so little thought pieces are related to language its hard to see exactly why. If I was being overly critical I might say he's not a fantastically inventive writer but he is, however, a very original thinker, and I f ...more
Xinyu J
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Confabulations was a collection of very personal, almost intimate writings of John Berger. I enjoyed the stories about the people in his life, as well as his thoughts on art, life, and social issues. It covers everything from art to song, from his life as a kid to his experiences with others as an adult. I especially liked his essay on orphans, and the whole book is slightly quirky, reflective, and is one which I would love to read again.
Burcu Çetin
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adı gibi yazar sizinle hoşbeş ediyor... Hem de beşten fazlasıyla. Bazı yazılardan daha fazla etkilendim. “Düşme Sanatına Dair Bazı Notlar , Rosa’ya Armağan, Otoportre “ gibi 🧚🏻♂🧚🏻♂
🔮 Aynı sinek değilse?
🔮Hayat zehir ve baldan ibarettir, demişti Evora.
🔮Yanlarına alacak pek az şeyi olanlar
taşırdı şarkıları hep
Babil’e
Mississippi’ye
bazılarının hiçten bile daha az şeyi vardı.
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Viktoria Svensson
Güzel bir sohbetti, Berger.
yetimlikten sanata, politikacılara kadar tadını damağımda bırakan bir sohbetti. ve yalnızca boşlukları kapamıyorsun Berger, münasebetsiz yetimler ittifakımızın kalemisin.

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Her türlü ütopya vizyonunda mutluluk mecburidir. Bu da gerçekte elde edilemeyeceği anlamına gelir. Onların ütopya mantığı içinde şefkat bir zaaftır. Ütopyalar şimdiden nefret eder. Umudun yerine dogma koyarlar. Dogmalar taşa kazınmıştır; halbuki umutlar bir mum alevi gibi kırpışır.
Maria Sotiropoulou
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A diary-like book with thoughts from a man, you always want to listen to. While reading the last pages, I was affirmatively nodding my head, because I was happy to see written thoughts I randomly had this whole year about how this world functions and how a simplistic yet full of love way of living can bring a small change to the life of others.
Berat Chavez
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Rosa'ya Armağan" ve "Münasebetsizlik" bölümleri özellikle güzel ve incelikli yazılmış olan, gözlerimi her gün görmeye alıştıkları bilgisayar/beton grisinden/telefon ekranından kurtarıp kitap sayfasına/akasya çiçeğine/sirrus bulut şekillerine ve tabii oradan her zamanki gibi politik eleştiriye, dirayetli olmak için ne yapmak gerektiğine, umutlu olmaya götüren tatlı bir kitap.
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John Peter Berger was an English art critic, novelist, painter and author. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to a BBC series, is often used as a college text.

Later he was self exiled to continental Europe, living between the french Alps in summer and the suburbs of Paris in winter. Since then, his production has incre
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“I propose a conspiracy of orphans. We exchange winks. We reject hierarchies. All hierarchies. We take the shit of the world for granted and we exchange stories about how we nevertheless get by. We are impertinent. More than half the stars in the universe are orphan-stars belonging to no constellation. And they give off more light than all the constellation stars.” 6 likes
“A spoken language is a body, a living creature, whose physiognomy is verbal and whose visceral functions are linguistic. And this creature's home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate.” 3 likes
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